Art oozes out of every theatre in the world, but as time passes, the relevance of these performance spaces are being questioned. You could even argue sports arenas such as the iconic United Center where basketball “artist” Michael Jordan played could be considered theatres of drama. However, nowadays it seems that not many people are interested in investing their time and money into buying a ticket to a show and sitting through it. The beauty of those creative pieces that set the stage on fire was more close to the hearts of the previous generation. But there surely are certain theatres that remain to be the favorites of many viewers.
The 325-seat building that housed some of the best theatrical performances goes by the name Hampstead Theatre. This thriving space of art has been winning awards for several decades now, and all these accolades keep the vibrant halls lively even today. Some of the most legendary works produced by Dennis Kelly, Mike Leigh, Harold Pinter, and Michael Frayn were developed in this theatre. It, even now, prides itself on introducing new talents that have a promising calibre. If you are planning to visit the theatre in the coming months, here are a few things you need to know.
Having Your Meals
You are sure to spend a few hours in the hall with the play; so, you will need to grab something for dinner. If you have no idea where to get your meal, here are some of the cafes and restaurants you can head to for a platter of your favorite dish.
· Café Bar, Hampstead Theatre
Al-fresco dining is offered on the decking during summer in this café. You can have light bites here; taste some delicious salads, sausage rolls, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and soups. If you present your ticket at the café, 10% off on your first drink is what you get in return.
· The Holly Bush
This pub is a Grade II-listed one with an inviting ambience, which you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Hampstead. The Holly Bush is only a few minutes away from the Hampstead Tube, and you get to have some dainty dishes here. Start your meal with the mustard scotch duck egg, wild boar with tarragon and HP sauce, or the crispy chilli squid mixed with coriander, onion, and lime. Go for the fish pie or macaroni cheese if you want to try the mains.
Apart from these two places, you also have the Nona and Spice Deli, where you can have your dinner after the play.
If you want a drink before or after the performance, head to Ye Old Swiss Cottage or The Washington cafe. Both these bars offer you a wide range of drinks, which can make your night complete. They also have limited offers during the warmer months; so, if you are visiting in the summer, make sure to grab all these discounts.
All matinees offer senior concessions for guests over 60 years of age, and the ‘Cheap Mondays’ gives you an offer that you cannot refuse. If the ID is provided, students and people under the age of 30 can enjoy the show for £10. Since these tickets are limited, you will need to rush for it as soon as you can.