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Hampstead Theatre Releases First Look Production Photos For The 60th Anniversary Production Of THE DUMB WAITER

31 December 2020

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New production images have been released for Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter ahead of the venue reopening.  Hampstead Theatre is closely following the Government’s fortnightly Covid updates and currently keeping performances of the 60th anniversary production of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter on sale from 18 until 30 January 2021.

The theatre has also released a short Keeping You Safe film (voiceover by Tamsin Greig) to illustrate its new safety measures.



Acclaimed stage and screen actors Alec Newman and Shane Zaza play the roles of Ben and Gus, respectively, in this 60th anniversary production directed by Alice Hamilton, originally programmed for spring.  She is joined by designer James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and Composition and Sound Design by Giles Thomas

Harold Pinter’s iconic play The Dumb Waiter first premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s inaugural season in 1960 and was directed by Hampstead’s founder James Roose-Evans.

Alec Newman has appeared in many critically acclaimed television shows, films and stage productions over the years.  Recent TV credits include the award-winning BBC period drama Call the Midwife (2020) and psychological thriller TV series Eullenia (2020).  His credits at Hampstead Theatre include Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (2015/16), Andrew Keatley's Alligators (2016, 2017) and Terry Johnson's production of Uncle Vanya (2019).

Shane Zaza is known to television audiences for his roles in BBC dramas Happy Valley (2014) and Press (2018); American drama Will (2017) and Netflix’s Black Mirror (2016).  Recent theatre credits include Europe at Donmar Warehouse (2019), Dear Elizabeth at Gate Theatre (2019) and Frankenstein at Royal Exchange Theatre (2018).  The Dumb Waiter marks Zaza’s debut at Hampstead Theatre.



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 Hampstead Theatre include the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise (2019). 




Address: Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Box Office: 020 7722 9301 (staffed from 10.30am-4pm) hampsteadtheatre.com

A Hampstead Theatre Original


By Harold Pinter

Directed by Alice Hamilton

Design by James Perkins

Lighting by James Whiteside

Composition & Sound by Giles Thomas

Cast includes Alec Newman & Shane Zaza

Dates: 18th until 30th January 2021

Suggested Age Recommendation: 14+

“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. 

“The most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation” The Guardian 

“Pinter is one of the most important playwrights of our time” The New York Times

“If the Hampstead Theatre Club keeps to this standard, it not only deserves success it will command it”  The Sunday Times (on The Dumb Waiter, 1960)


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

Access: £16


Full price: £25/£32/£37

Under 30s/Students: £10/£15*

Access: £16

*Under 30s and Student concession seats are available in Row A (£15) & Band C (£10)

About Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre was born in 1959.  Its mission was to create original, entertaining theatre without creative restriction.  It quickly attracted a generation of talent that helped to redefine British Theatre.  Sixty years on, in a state-of-the-art venue which allows everyone who works here maximum creative flexibility, Hampstead is still driven by the same ambition: to produce new work that inspires audiences and influences the future of British theatre.

Covid-19 Information

Hampstead Theatre is delighted to open The Dumb Waiter. Its audience, company and staff are its top priority.  Following UK Government Covid-19 guidance and in collaboration with RB Health and Safety Solutions, the venue has introduced stringent new health and safety measures to allow everyone to enjoy live theatre again. 

Key measures to note are:

- The theatre will reopen with a reduced capacity and socially distanced audiences.

- The theatre’s spacious modern building has 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 is changed completely every 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

- Seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least 1 metre plus between seats with additional safety precautions in place including face coverings, temperature checks and enhanced cleaning.

- The cast are taking regular Covid-19 tests under medical supervision so they can rehearse and perform as normal. 

- The director and other members of the creative team are wearing face coverings during rehearsals and are socially distanced from the cast and each other at all times.

- During performances, all company members will be following social distancing backstage and wear face coverings, except the cast. Carefully designed routes are in place backstage to allow company members to move around safely.

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

- For more information, please click here.

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