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Harold Pinter Theatre

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About Harold Pinter Theatre

Originally called the Royal Comedy Theatre or simply the Comedy Theatre, the historic theatre venue known today at the Harold Pinter Theatre is one of the oldest in London. It opened in 1881 in the heart of the West End. In 2011, following the death of the eminent playwright Harold Pinter, the owner of the venue, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), announced they would be changing its name after 120 years as the Comedy Theatre to the Harold Pinter Theatre in honour of his contribution to British theatre. Notable for its history of showing popular musical revues with celebrity names and hosting the West End premieres of popular productions, the Harold Pinter Theatre has developed a reputation as one of London’s most illustrious theatres. Through its almost century and a half of producing popular theatre, the biggest stars of film and stage from each decade have graced the theatre’s stage including Henry Daniell, Paul Scofield, Alan Bennett, Joanna Lumley, Zoe Wanamaker, Keira Knightley, Imelda Staunton, and Rupert Grint.
  • Fun Facts About the Harold Pinter Theatre
  • The theatre was an integral part of changing the censorship laws in British theatre. By creating the New Watergate Club in 1956, producers could circumvent the strict approval process and present plays that had been previously banned or censored by Parliament.
  • The theatre was designed by the famous architect Thomas Verity who assisted in the design of the Royal Albert Hall and numerous famous London entertainment venues.
  • Prior to its Pinter era, the Comedy Theatre rose to popularity for its post-World War II musical revues presented by C.B. Cochran and André Charlot.
Notable Shows and Performances: In 1979, “The Rocky Horror Show” had its West End debut at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Other prominent shows include the surprise box office hit “Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs” starring Ewan McGregor in 1999, and “The Caretaker” starring Michael Gambon in 2000.
London, SW1Y 4DN
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Transportation & Parking

Parking - Trafalgar Square: If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park's website. Bus Routes: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38 or 176 to Leicester Square and Haymarket.
    Piccadilly Circus
    Leicester Square
    Charing Cross