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Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN


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The Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly The Comedy Theatre), is a London West End theatre that opened on Panton Street in the City of Westminster on 15 October 1881. It was known then as the Royal Comedy Theatre. 

The Harold Pinter Theatre: History

The theatre was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months in painted stucco stone and brick. By 1884 it was known as just the Comedy Theatre. 

In 1883, the successful operetta Falka had its London première at The Harold Pinter Theatre, and in 1885, Erminie did the same. The Harold Pinter's reputation grew through World War I when Charles Blake Cochran and André Charlot presented their famous revue shows. In the mid-1950s West End's Harold Pinter Theatre underwent major reconstruction and re-opened in December 1955, the auditorium remains essentially that of 1881, with three tiers of horseshoe-shaped balconies.
 
The Harold Pinter Theatre was notable for the role it played in overturning stage censorship by establishing the New Watergate Club in 1956, under producer Anthony Field. The outdated Theatres Act 1843 still required scripts to be submitted for approval by the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Formation of the club allowed plays that had been banned due to language or subject matter to be performed under 'club' conditions. Plays produced in this way at The Harold Pinter included the UK premieres of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy and Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The law was not revoked until 1968, but in the late 1950s there was a loosening of conditions in theatre censorship, the club was dissolved and Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise premiered to a public audience.

The Harold Pinter Theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in June 1972.

The Homecoming, No-man's Land, Moonlight, The Hothouse and The Caretaker have all been presented at The Harold Pinter in recent years. Maureen Lipman has also graced The Harold Pinter stage, starring in Alan Plater's highly acclaimed comedy, Peggy For You. But the theatre's two biggest successes were The Caretaker starring Michael Gambon in 2000 and an eight-week sell-out run of Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs in 1999, starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Denis Lawson, which smashed all box office records. More recently, Francesca Annis and Anthony Andrews have starred in Ibsen's Ghosts and 2004 saw the much-lauded revival of RC Sherriff's Journey's End and a successful run of The Old Masters by Simon Gray, starring Edward Fox and Peter Bowles . This production was directed by Harold Pinter, after whom the then Comedy Theatre was, of course, renamed The Harold Pinter Theatre.

In January 2005, Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall starred in Peter Hall's London production of Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark, followed by Tom Courtenay in Brian Friel's The Home Place and Joseph Fiennes and Francesca Annis in Epitaph for George Dillon by John Osborne and Anthony Creighton. The Harold Pinter Theatre London has also played host to Steptoe and Son, Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years, The Rocky Horror Show, and the hilarious high-flying comedy, Boeing-Boeing.

As of 8th of September 2011, The Comedy Theatre was renamed as The Harold Pinter Theatre and famously put on a marathon season of Pinter shows from 2018-19 dubbed the Pinter at the Pinter season.


Harold Pinter Theatre Seating Plan

J'Ouvert is the current production at Harold Pinter Theatre. The latest booking period for J'Ouvert at Harold Pinter Theatre started 16/06/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 03/07/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for J'Ouvert start at £12 and are available to book now.

Anna X is the current production at Harold Pinter Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Anna X at Harold Pinter Theatre starts 10/07/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 04/08/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Anna X start at £18 and are available to book now.

Good is the upcoming production at Harold Pinter Theatre.

Blithe Spirit is the current production at Harold Pinter Theatre. The latest booking period for Blithe Spirit at Harold Pinter Theatre started 05/03/2020 19:30:00 and runs until 06/11/2021 14:30:00. Tickets for Blithe Spirit start at £24 and are available to book now.

Harold Pinter Theatre is located in London. The full address is Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN.

Past Events

PlaySteptoe & Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane

PlayConsent
4.240 reviews

Nina Raine’s ‘blistering new play’ (New York Times) makes a triumphant and timely transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

PlayDeath And The Maiden

PlayBoeing - Boeing

PlayEpitaph For George Dillon

PlaySexual Perversity in Chicago

PlayOn An Average Day

PlayNice Fish
4.3123 reviews

Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins’ critically-acclaimed new comic play Nice Fish transfers to the West End this November

PlayPinter 3: Landscape/A Kind of Alaska/Monologue
4.050 reviews

The new Harold Pinter season at the Pinter featuring Tamsin Greig

PlayThe Children's Hour

MusicalSpamalot

PlayPinter 6: Party Time/Celebration
4.5101 reviews

Pinter 6 tickets are now available to see Tracy-Ann Oberman and Celia Imrie in the Pinter at the Pinter Season

MusicalSunny Afternoon
4.6104 reviews

★★★★★ 'A Blazing Triumph. I Swear You’ll Get Goosebumps' Telegraph

PlayDickens Unplugged

DanceCirque Berserk
4.321 reviews

Real Circus - made for the Theatre!

MusicalRocky Horror Show, The

PlayPinter 7: A Slight Ache/The Dumb Waiter
4.5101 reviews

Book your Pinter 7 tickets now to see Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman in the Pinter at the Pinter Season

PlayCaesar Twins and Friends

PlayPinter 1: One For The Road/New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes
4.043 reviews

The new Harold Pinter season at the Pinter featuring directors Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams

PlayBeing Shakespeare

MusicalToo Close To The Sun

PlayFascinating Aida

PlayDonkeys Years

PlayOld Masters, The

PlayAbsent Friends

PlayOld Times

Book official tickets for Old Times

PlayPinter 4: Moonlight/Night School
3.924 reviews

Book Pinter 4 tickets now to see Jessica Barden and Peter Polycarpou in the Pinter Season

PlayRattle of a Simple Man

PlayUncle Vanya
4.7247 reviews

New adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to star Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.

PlayOslo
4.680 reviews

How far would you go to make peace with your enemies?

PlayFat Pig

PlayWhose Life Is It Anyway?

PlayBirdsong

PlayGangsta Granny
4.567 reviews

Who knew that one can have the adventure of a lifetime - with your own Grandma!

PlayChimerica

Following a sold-out run at the Almedia Theatre, the critically acclaimed production transfers to the West End

PlayBetrayal
4.5439 reviews

Tom Hiddleston will take to the West End stage in Pinter’s Betrayal

PlayPinter 2: The Lover/The Collection
4.640 reviews

The new Harold Pinter season at the Pinter featuring David Suchet

PlayWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4.736 reviews

The iconic Edward Albee's play returning to the West End with a stellar cast!

PlayDoctor Bunhead’s Recipes For Disaster

PlayUncle Vanya
4.02 reviews

New adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to star Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.

PlayWhy The Whales Came

MusicalMerrily We Roll Along

PlaySouth Downs/The Browning Version

PlayThe Watsons

The Watsons transfers to London's West End for a 2020 summer run at the Harold Pinter Theatre!

PlayPinter 5: The Room/Victoria Station/Family Voices
4.275 reviews

Pinter 5 tickets are now available to see Jane Horrocks in the Pinter Season

PlayPrick Up Your Ears

PlayRelative Values

PlayThe Birthday Party
4.1141 reviews

Harold Pinter's classic play features a trio of Olivier Award winners.

PlayA Chorus of Disapproval

PlayHome Place, The

PlayMrs Warren's Profession

PlayWhat The Night Is For

PlayMojo

Starring Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Daniel Mays, Colin Morgan and Ben Whishaw

PlayCaptain Corelli’s Mandolin
4.2126 reviews

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is poised to make a splash at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre.

PlaySchool of Night

PlayPretending To Be Me

PlayMisanthrope, The

PlayLa Bete

PlayWalden

The RE:EMERGE season begins with Walden starring Gemma Arterton.