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Harold Pinter Theatre London

About the Harold Pinter Theatre

The Harold Pinter Theatre was designed by Thomas Verity and first opened in 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre, staging many comic operas and light comedies. From 1884 it was known simply as the Comedy Theatre up until 2011 when it was re-named in honour of influential 20th Century British playwright, Harold Pinter. It was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 1972.

During the 20th Century, the Comedy Theatre hosted many important works such as Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This was at a time when strict theatre censorship was still in place, so a private club called the New Watergate Club was created at the theatre in order to stage these plays.

The Harold Pinter Theatre is now renowned for important works of drama and comedy. Recent notable productions include Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval starring Rob Brydon and Ashley Jensen, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe starring Imelda Staunton and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage. In 2018-19 the theatre hosted its Pinter at the Pinter season, with many lauded actors appearing in an extensive series of Pinter plays.

Plan your visit

The Harold Pinter Theatre box office is open from 10am to 6pm during Monday to Saturday, but is closed on Saturdays if there are no performances. The theatre opens 1 hour before the show starts, from which time pre-booked tickets can be collected from the box office.
The Harold Pinter Theatre does not operate a dress code policy and patrons are welcome to wear whatever they are most comfortable in.
Air-conditioning is installed throughout the Harold Pinter Theatre, ensuring that even in summer months the auditorium is kept as cool as possible.
The Harold Pinter Theatre has a cloakroom where patrons can store coats, larger bags and pushchairs for the duration of performances.
As with many London theatres, the Harold Pinter Theatre undertakes bag checks as theatregoers enter. If possible, avoid bringing large bags and suitcases to the venue and try to arrive with enough time to go through checks.
Bars are located on all four levels and provide soft and alcoholic beverages as well as snacks. The foyer bar is the largest of all the bars and has step free access. Any refreshments purchased must be transferred to plastic glasses to be taken into the auditorium and hot food is strictly forbidden.
The Harold Pinter Theatre is between Leicester Square and Haymarket, both thriving areas for restaurants. Tasting Sicily is a renowned Italian restaurant just across the road, while Yori is a popular spot for locals who are into Korean food and Kanada-ya is perfect if ramen is more your thing.
Due to its central location, the Harold Pinter Theatre is surrounded by many popular hotels. The nearby Z-Hotel is a favourite with those wanting a good balance between price and cost, but if you are looking to splash out, then the 5-Star Hotel Café Royal is known for its luxurious suites and wellbeing facilities.
The Harold Pinter Theatre was originally opened on 15th October 1881, when it was known as the Comedy Theatre. In October 2011 it was renamed to the Harold Pinter Theatre after the legendary playwright.

Help booking tickets

Tickets can be collected from the box office in the foyer of the Harold Pinter Theatre. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from 1 hour before the evening’s performance starts. We recommend to arrive in plenty of time to avoid queues and to have your confirmation email to refer to, as well as ID for collection.
The Harold Pinter Theatre box office is open from 10am to 6pm between Monday and Saturday for patrons to make in-person purchases for future performances. Please note however, if there is no show on any particular Saturday the box office does not open.
You can get into contact with the Harold Pinter Theatre box office directly on 03330 096 690. Calls are charged at standard geographic rates, or use inclusive mobile minutes.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets, including the Harold Pinter Theatre. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
With its ornate architecture, large auditorium and four complementary bars, the Harold Pinter Theatre is ideal for hosting events on Sundays and mid-week during daytimes where there are no performances. For any enquiries, please call the events team on 020 7534 6173.
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