Hampstead Theatre – located on Eton Avenue in Swiss Cottage – specialises in the commission and production of new theatre. With its versatile, 325-seat main auditorium, the modern building of the venue has been hosting theatrical offerings since it was founded in 1959, from new work by new playwrights and new work from old ones too. It has a history of its robust productions transferring to the West End, proof of its excellent ability to produce and nurture plays of outstanding quality. In addition to its main theatre, it also features the 100-seat Hampstead Downstairs. This studio space focuses on displaying the work of complete beginner writers and offers a more intimate experience. If you’re keen to discover the best new plays before they hit bigger stages, this is where to do it.