With the curtain-raising on 15th October 1881, this Victorian theatre only underwent six months to construct, and was in the beginning known as the Royal Comedy Theatre, with The Royal being discarded by 1884.
The theatre’s reputation was increased during the First World War when C B Cochran and André Charlot presented their review shows.
Substantial reconstruction took place in the mid-1950’s with the theatre reopening on 14th December, 1955.
One characteristic of this theatre is the use of columns to support the circle seating areas, which signifies that a number of the seats have a slightly restricted view.
The Comedy Theatre was perhaps best known for the role it played in the late 1950s, assisting in overturning stage censorship.
Later 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 1980’s.
The Comedy was re-named the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011 after Harold Pinter CH, CBE Playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director, and poet.
The Harold Pinter Theatre is located in London’s West End and is a popular venue for theatre-goers. If you’re planning to visit the theatre and are wondering about the best way to get there, here are some of the public transport options available:
- Tube: The nearest tube station to the Harold Pinter Theatre is Piccadilly Circus, which is on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. From there, it’s just a short walk to the venue.
- Bus: There are several bus routes that stop near the venue, including the 14, 19, 22B, 38, and 159. These buses run through various parts of London, so you can easily find a route that works for you.
- Train: The nearest train station to the venue is Charing Cross, which is about a 10-15 minute walk away. You can take a train to Charing Cross from various parts of London and beyond.
- Bicycle: If you enjoy cycling, you can use London’s cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles, to get to the venue. There are several docking stations located near the theatre.
- Taxi or Uber: If you prefer, you can take a taxi or an Uber to the venue. There are several taxi ranks located near the theatre, or you can book an Uber using the app.
When planning your journey to the Harold Pinter Theatre, it’s a good idea to check the transport timetables in advance, especially if you’re travelling during rush hour. This will help you to avoid any delays or disruptions that could affect your journey.
Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN