Location: 6 Panton Street
Currently Showing: Ian McKellen On Stage
Access: Piccadilly Circus (exit marked Haymarket)
Stage Door: Oxendon Street (turn right twice out of the main entrance)
Ownership: Ambassador Theatre Group
The theatre was opened on 15th October 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre, but by 1884, it was known simply as the Comedy Theatre. In 1883, Falke was a hugely successful opera which made its London debut at this theatre, and Erminie, another opera, was also popular here two years later.
During World War I, Charles Blake Cochon and André Charlot presented their very popular revue shows at this theatre, which significantly enhanced the theatre’s profile.
The theatre underwent major reconstruction and reopened in December 1955.
In 1973, Savages opened, starring Paul Schofield, which was very popular. Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show made its West End debut at this theatre later on that year.
In 1999, the theatre was host to a sold-out eight week run of Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs which starred Ewan McGregor. The following year, Michael Gambon appeared in The Caretaker.
The Rocky Horror Show returned here for a one month revival in December 2006, which starred David Bedella and Suzanne Shaw. Boeing-Boeing ran for almost a year from February 2007, featuring Tamzin Outhwaite and Jennifer Ellison. In December 2008, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard was shown here.
On 7th September 2011, ATG announced the theatre would be renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre. Sunny Afternoon opened at the theatre on 28th October 2014 and closed just over two years later.
The Harold Pinter Theatre is located on Panton Street which is just off Haymarket. Piccadilly Circus is only three minutes’ walk from the theatre. Shopping streets Regent and Oxford Street are five minutes away from the theatre and are home to many department stores. Trafalgar Square and Embankment are also close.
Our favourite nearby restaurants are:
- Planet Hollywood – Haymarket, wide ranging menu
- Getti – Jermyn Street, flavourful Italian cuisine, good value
- The Terrace – Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly, British cuisine, classy experience
- Assagetti – Haymarket, Italian cuisine
- Prezzo – Italian, chain, wide ranging menu, vouchers available
- Sartori – Great Newport Street, Italian, reasonable price
Most of the seats in the Stalls are available for around £70. The premium seats, however, are closer to £90 and are located in the centre of rows C to G. At this production, there are VIP tables which are located at the very front of the auditorium and at the back of the Stalls.
The Dress Circle premium seats are in the centre of row B. There are two centre aisles on this level and seats on these aisles (which are not premium seats) provide an excellent view.
Seats in the Royal Circle and Balcony are significantly cheaper than other tickets because the view is compromised.
Where to buy tickets
The Harold Pinter Theatre is owned by ATG and therefore the best place to buy tickets is direct from their website as you will pay face value with an additional booking fee.
Reviews from the Harold Pinter
Sunny Afternoon – ★★★★★ “…an outstanding, uplifting and fun show, with great music and a stunning cast.” Read more >>>