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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 Woolf? 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The box office is open from 10am to 6pm between Tuesday to Friday for ticket collection and purchases. The box office is closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The box office may not allow advance bookings for future shows half an hour before that day's show starts as they will be focused on ticket collection for that day's performance.
The theatre opens 60 minutes before the show starts. The bars will be open but standing space can be limited so it is recommended that you purchase your drinks and program, then head to your seat soon after you arrive.
Bars are located on all four levels and provide champagne, wines, beers and soft drinks as well as snacks such as crisps, nuts and chocolate. 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. Food and alcohol purchased outside the venue is strictly forbidden. The venue also offers in-seat ordering. Simply check the menu online, raise your hand and the staff will take your order and bring it to your seat.
The venue has a cloakroom where patrons can store coats and bags for the duration of performances. The venue recommends that visitors don't bring large suitcases as this can slow down security checks upon entry to the venue.
The venue is located between Leicester Square and Haymarket, both of which are 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 Japanese ramen is more your thing.
Due to its central location, the venue is surrounded by many popular hotels. The nearby Z-Hotel is a favourite with those wanting a good balance between price and comfort, but if you are looking to splash out, then the 5-Star Hotel Café Royal is known for its luxurious suites and wellbeing facilities. This will make your visit to London feel extra special.
You can get in touch with the box office directly on 03330 096 690. Calls are charged at standard geographic rates, or use inclusive mobile minutes. Further contact information and venue details can be found at
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