In 1984 the HAMPTON THEATRE COMPANY began life on a shoestring and a dream at the Westhampton Beach Middle School with its first production, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. The company has come a long way since its founding by James Ewing, James Irving and June Ewing, when the company had no theater, no audience, no board of directors and no capital and performed in such dramatic venues as a tent pitched behind the Masonic Temple on Montauk Highway in the midst of an August hurricane.
Thanks to the generosity of the Village of Quogue, in 1987 the company found a permanent home at the beautiful Community Hall. There and at other venues, the company has produced more than 100 plays by a wide variety of major playwrights. Information about the productions can be found in the PAST PRODUCTIONS tab below, or on our PAST PRODUCTIONS
The Hampton Theatre Company today fills a unique niche in the Long Island performing arts landscape. From its start as a small community group bound together by a love of live theater, it has grown into a successful professional company: one that is still dedicated to the original dream of the founders and still proud to draw its talented performers and technical expertise primarily from the surrounding area in order to present the very best in live theater in the fall, winter and spring on Long Island’s East End.
Andrew Botsford, President
Edward Brennan, Vice President
Lucinda Morrisey, Treasurer
Terrance Fiore, Secretary
Betsy Webb Rowe
Diana Marbury, Artistic Director
Terry Brennan, General Manager • Terry@hamptontheatre.org
Julie Stark, Administrative Associate & Assistant to the Treasurer • Julie@hamptontheatre.org
Julia Morgan Abrams, House Manager
Lisa Carr, Box Office Manager
The mission of the not-for-profit Hampton Theatre Company is to create and support, using local resources whenever possible, a theater community dedicated to presenting live theater productions of the highest quality, accessible to the broadest possible audience.
Hampton Theatre Company opens to the public 30 minutes prior to the performance. There is ample parking in the Village lot behind the theater and the firehouse and on the street.
CELL PHONE & CAMERA USAGE
Hampton Theatre Company asks that you turn off or silence all noise-making electronics, text-messaging devices and cell phones during the performance. Taking pictures and video recording is prohibited inside the theatre.
No Children under the age of 5 are permitted in the theater. All persons entering the theater must have a ticket. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for your child before planning to attend. Also, please be aware that disruptive patrons, including children, will not be allowed to remain in the theatre.
Hampton Theatre Company has no formal dress code: although shirt and shoes are required at all times. In addition, please consider the effects of strong perfumes and colognes on those seated around you.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
There is a concession area located in the theater where coffee, tea, cold beverages and cookies are available for purchase, and may be consumed inside the theater. Hampton Theatre Company is proud to partner with Hampton Coffee Company as its exclusive coffee provider. Outside food & beverages are not permitted.
Late seating is at the discretion of the House Manager and latecomers may be placed in alternative seating in the rear of the theater. If you arrive late, ushers will seat you at the earliest appropriate time during the performance. Out of respect for the performers and other audience members, you will be seated as soon as practical so as not to disrupt the performance. If you need to leave a performance early, we ask that you leave at a point in the performance when moving around would be a minimal disturbance to those around you, such as during applause.
LOST & FOUND
Hampton Theatre Company manages any items left behind. Items considered “lost & found” will be kept secured in our box office for up to 30 days. If you have lost an item at Hampton Theatre Company, please call 631-653-8955.
DISRUPTIONS DURING PERFORMANCES
Loud talking, texting and other disruptions are not tolerated. Anyone disturbing the audience or interfering with the performance will be required to leave with no refund forthcoming.
Men’s and women’s restrooms are available inside the theater and are available once the theater is open, usually 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Smoking, including electronic cigarettes and other devices is strictly prohibited anywhere inside the Quogue Community Hall.
Hampton Theatre Company is handicap accessible. A handicapped accessible entrance is located on the right (north) side of the building. Please use the driveway on the north side of the theater and ring the bell marked HTC Handicapped at the ramp entrance to the building and a volunteer will assist you; or have a member of your party notify us on arrival at the box office if you’d like to use this entrance.
All tickets are nonrefundable except in the event of a show cancelation. If you are unable to attend a performance please email email@example.com
or call 631-653-8955 at least 2 hours prior to the performance. We can exchange a ticket for the SAME production, if possible, if we receive a request at least two hours in advance. Credits cannot be extended for any future show. The dinner portion of a dinner theater package cannot be exchanged or refunded, however we can, with 2 hour advance notice, exchange the theater ticket portion for the SAME production if possible.