Hampstead Theatre re-opens with iconic Pinter Play

With Covid security measures in place and socially distanced seats, the air in the auditorium will be changed with outside air every 4 minutes 55 seconds!

Dumb Waiter poster

Hampstead Theatre will open with socially distanced audiences, and in collaboration with expert consultants, are implementing stringent covid-secure measures.

Safety measures will be supported by the theatre’s state-of-the-art ventilation system, which changes air in the auditorium and foyer with 100% fresh air introduced from outdoors every 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 14 October at 10am.

Should The Dumb Waiter need to be postponed, full refunds or credit vouchers will be offered

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre said:

“I am so delighted to be able to share this news today. As Hampstead Theatre, along with our colleagues in live performance, start to find our feet in this ‘new normal’, we are very excited to be able to present Alice Hamilton’s 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter.

When we closed the building on 16 March the set was on the stage and the show was about to open. At that point, we could not have envisaged how Pinter’s brilliant play of two men stuck in a room – their sharp humour, ennui, tensions, – would come to feel so extraordinarily fresh and resonant.

We are thrilled at the prospect of welcoming our artists and audiences back into the building and galvanised by the prospect of sharing the communal experience which is unique to live theatre”

Originally programmed for spring, Alice Hamilton directs the 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter. The play first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

Harold Pinter wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming and Betrayal. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.

Alice is co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms and and credits with the theatre include the Olivier- nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise (2019).

She is joined by designer, James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and composition & sound design by Giles Thomas.

The theatre will reopen with 193 socially distanced seats. Seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least 1 metre plus between seats. Hampstead Theatre’s spacious modern building also has the added benefit of state-of-the-art ventilation. The air in the auditorium and foyer is 100% fresh air introduced from the outdoors meaning none of it is ‘recycled’ air. The ventilation system draws stale air out and introduces entirely fresh air into the main house auditorium at 5,300 litres per second. The air in the main house auditorium ischanged completely every 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

In the event of The Dumb Waiter needing to be postponed, full refunds or credit vouchers will be offered.


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A Hampstead Theatre Original


By Harold Pinter
Directed by Alice Hamilton
Design by James Perkins
Lighting by James Whiteside Composition & Sound by Giles Thomas

“We’ve proved ourselves before now, haven’t we? We’ve always done our job. What’s he doing all this for? What’s the idea? What’s he playing these games for?”

Ben and Gus have a job to do. But as they await instructions in a derelict building, they start to receive strange messages via a dumb waiter.

The Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960.   Sixty years on, this iconic masterpiece makes a highly anticipated return home.

Dates: Wednesday 18 November – Saturday 19 December 2020 Press night: Wednesday 25 + Thursday 26 November 2020 at 7pm Audio Described Performance: Saturday 12 December 2020 Captioned Performance: Tuesday 15 December 2020

Suggested Age Recommendation: 14+


Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm Thursday Matinees: 2.30pm Saturday Matiness: 2.30pm


Full Price: £18/£27/£30
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15*
Seniors: (matinees only): £20/£25
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free Access: £16