Ian McKellen On Stage With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU! Sir Ian McKellen has joined with Ambassador Theatre Group to present his biggest adventure to date. To celebrate his 80th Birthday, Ian has been touring the UK playing 80 of his favourite theatres, all to raise money for British Theatre. Now, Ian completes his epic journey by returning to the West End for a strictly limited run of the show that has been loved by audiences young and old, all around the country. From Gandalf to … [Read more...]
Harold Pinter Theatre London Tickets, News & Reviews
The Harold Pinter Theatre London
Opening on 15th October 1881 this Victorian theatre only took six months to build, and was at first called the Royal Comedy Theatre, with the The Royal being dropped by 1884.
The theatre’s reputation was enhanced during the First World War when C B Cochran and André Charlot presented their review shows.
Significant reconstruction took place in the mid-1950′s with the theatre reopening on 14th December, 1955. One feature of this theatre is the use of columns to support the circle seating areas, which means that a number of the seats have a somewhat restricted view. The Comedy was possibly best known for the role it played in the late 1950′s, helping to overturn stage censorship.
More recent productions include the award winning comedy Steaming, and the fabulous award winning musical Little Shop of Horrors making its West End debut in 1979, both of which played at The Comedy in the early 1980s.
The Comedy was renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011 after Harold Pinter CH, CBE Playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director and poet.
The Harold Pinter Theatre London
6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Harold Pinter Theatre Seating Plan
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Directions from nearest tube: Coventry Street to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 22, 94
Night Bus Numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 139, 88, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 94, N22
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
In some respects, there are quite a few plays out there like Betrayal. Robert (Tom Hiddleston) is married to Emma (Zawe Ashton) but then there’s Jerry (Charlie Cox), Robert’s best friend who is attracted to Emma, feelings which Emma responds to in kind. Given the play’s title, it doesn’t take a genius to join the dots. But what makes Betrayal relatively unique, particularly with so many contemporary plays in the post-Pinter era that provide an insight into characters’ personal lives, is that it … [Read more...]
The clipped tones of Flora (Gemma Whelan) and Edward (John Heffernan) in A Slight Ache almost called to mind the Noel Coward comedies. This being a Harold Pinter play, it doesn’t quite match the rapidity and breeziness of Coward but is very much in the mould of the ‘Pinter at the Pinter’ series: the surrealness begins fairly early on, as it does in The Dumb Waiter which follows. There is a match seller outside this couple’s house, but he does not speak, inasmuch as he does not have any lines in … [Read more...]
Two of the country’s most exciting young stars, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, will join Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston in The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March 2019 (press night 13 March) for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June, directed by Jamie Lloyd. The production forms the culmination of the historic Pinter at the Pinter season. With poetic precision, rich humour and an … [Read more...]
A triple bill forms Pinter Five, the rather unimaginatively (if consistently) titled latest instalment in the ‘Pinter at the Pinter’ series, in which a whole load of miscommunication goes on. This could, justifiably, give rise to some frustration for some members of the audience, given the relentlessness with which a sheer inability for characters to have straightforward conversations is repeatedly demonstrated. In ‘The Room’, Rose Hudd (Jane Horrocks) begins by doing all of the talking, leaving … [Read more...]
An eclectic mix of plays make up ‘Pinter Three’ and ‘Pinter Four’, though audiences are spared the foreboding dystopia of ‘Pinter One’, as though the Pinter at the Pinter season is now saying, ‘Been there, done that’. Pinter Three ploughs through eleven short scripts, the longest of which was the final one, A Kind of Alaska, an intriguing play, which – according to the programme (which is so flimsy it doesn’t give much else away) was inspired by a book by Dr Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) first … [Read more...]
A thrilling cast of stars will take part in a one-off charity gala celebrating the life and work of Harold Pinter. The event Happy Birthday, Harold will be held on Pinter’s birthday, the 10th October, 2018 in the theatre which bears his name, as a part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, which has just opened to critical acclaim. A limited number of public tickets are now on sale. Tom Hiddleston, Kit Harington, Simon Russell Beale, broadcaster Jon Snow, Jade Anouka, Kristin Scott Thomas, … [Read more...]