Harold Pinter Theatre (1881-Present)

The Harold Pinter Theatre, formerly the Comedy Theatre until 2011, is a West End theatre, and opened on Panton Street in the City of Westminster, on 15 October 1881, as the Royal Comedy Theatre. It was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months in painted (stucco) stone and brick. By 1884 it was known as just the Comedy Theatre. In the mid-1950s the theatre went under major reconstruction and re-opened in December 1955, the auditorium remains essentially that of 1881, with three tiers of horseshoe-shaped balconies.

The theatre was notable for the role it played in overturning stage censorship by establishing the New Watergate Club in 1956, under producer Anthony Field. The outdated Theatres Act 1843 still required scripts to be submitted for approval by the Lord Chamberlain's Office. Formation of the club allowed plays that had been banned due to language or subject matter to be performed under "club" conditions.

On 7 September 2011 it was announced that the theatre's owner, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) would be renaming The Comedy Theatre to The Harold Pinter Theatre from Thursday 13 October 2011. Howard Panter, Joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of ATG, told the BBC: "The work of Pinter has become an integral part of the history of the Comedy Theatre. The re-naming of one of our most successful West End theatres is a fitting tribute to a man who made such a mark on British theatre who, over his 50-year career, became recognised as one of the most influential modern British dramatists."

Production History

As the Harold Pinter Theatre (2011-Present)

Date Play
Jul 24, 2012 Monty Python's Spamalot
Apr 19, 2012 The Browning Version
Apr 19, 2012 South Downs
Jan 26, 2012 Absent Friends
Oct 13, 2011 Death and the Maiden

As the Comedy Theatre (1881-2011)

Date Play
May 27, 2011 Betrayal
Jan 22, 2011 The Children's Hour
Sep 18, 2010 Birdsong
Jun 26, 2010 La Bete
Mar 16, 2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession
Dec 7, 2009 The Misanthrope
Sep 17, 2009 Prick Up Your Ears
Jul 16, 2009 Too Close to the Sun
Dec 4, 2008 Sunset Boulevard
Sep 11, 2008 Fat Pig
May 23, 2008 Dickens Unplugged
Jan 15, 2008 The Collection
Jan 15, 2008 The Lover
Feb 3, 2007 Boeing Boeing
Dec 21, 2006 Rocky Horror Show
Apr 27, 2006 Donkey's Years
Feb 16, 2006 Steptoe and Son in Murder at Old Drum Lane
Jan 23, 2006 Caesar Twins and Friends
Sep 20, 2005 Epitaph for George Dillon
May 7, 2005 The Home Place
Jan 7, 2005 Whose Life is it Anyway
Dec 20, 2004 Arthur Smith: Dante's Inferno
Dec 20, 2004 Doctor Bunhead's Recipes for Disaster
Jun 26, 2004 The Old Masters
May 6, 2004 Rattle of a Simple Man
Jan 13, 2004 Journey's End
Dec 10, 2003 Why The Whale's Came
Nov 11, 2003 Fascinating Aida - One Last Flutter
Aug 7, 2003 Midsummer Night's Dream
May 3, 2003 Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Feb 12, 2003 Pretending to Be Me
Nov 7, 2002 What the Night is For
Jul 25, 2002 On An Average Day
Feb 20, 2002 Noises Off
Dec 5, 2001 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Sep 22, 2001 The Homecoming
Jul 18, 2001 Nixon's Nixon
Mar 28, 2001 Ghosts
Feb 15, 2001 Under the Doctor
Nov 8, 2000 The Caretaker
Aug 30, 2000 The Mystery of Charles Dickens
Jun 21, 2000 Passion Play
Jan 27, 2000 Peggy For You
Oct 5, 1999 2 Pianos 4 Hands
Jul 22, 1999 I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Apr 8, 1999 Suddenly Last Summer
Jan 20, 1999 Little Malcolm
Nov 4, 1998 Love Upon the Throne
Apr 16, 1998 Real Inspector Hound
Apr 16, 1998 Black Comedy
Oct 14, 1997 A Letter of Resignation
Aug 5, 1997 Mysterious Mr. Love
May 6, 1997 The School for Wives
Feb 26, 1997 Birdy
Oct 22, 1996 Talking Heads
Apr 11, 1996 Twelve Angry Men
Mar 18, 1996 Disgracefully Yours
Dec 7, 1995 The Glass Menagerie
Oct 3, 1995 The Hothouse
Sep 5, 1995 Michael Feinstein
Nov 1, 1994 A Passionate Woman
Sep 19, 1994 Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers
Jul 11, 1994 A Passionate Woman
1993 September Tide
1992 Trelawny of the Wells
1991 Dij'Vu
1991 Talking Heads
1991 It's Ralph
1990 The Caretaker
1989 The Homecoming
1988 A Walk in the Woods
1988 Frankie and Johnny
Mar 10, 1988 A Touch of the Poet
1986 Spin of the Wheel
Oct 29, 1985 Camille
Jan 1, 1983 Little Shop of Horrors
Oct 25, 1978 Molly
1978 Mate!
Aug 16, 1972 Time and Time Again
Apr 9, 1969 Mixed Doubles
Jul 1967 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Jul 26, 1962 The Premise
Jun 28, 1962 The Genius and The Goddess
1962 My Place
Apr 13, 1961 The Tenth Man
Apr 20, 1960 A Passage to India
Jul 16, 1958 Five Finger Exercise
1944 See How They Run
1943 This Was a Woman
1940 Rise Above It
1937 The Last Straw
1937 The Island
Apr 7, 1935 Notices by Geoffrey Kerr
Dec 2, 1934 November Afternoon
1932 Miracle at Verdun
1932 Ballyhoo
Jan 28, 1927 Desperate Lovers
1923 Alice Sit by the Fire
Dec 18, 1923 Charley's Aunt
1919 The Ninth Earl
1917 Tails Up!
1916 See-Saw
1916 Bubbly
1915 Shell Out
1913 Alice in Wonderland
1912 Jim the Penman
1912 Lady Noggs
1912 Strife
1910 Preserving Mr. Panmure
1906 The Truth
Dec 13, 1899 The Mystical Miss
May 1899 Great Caesar!
Mar 8, 1899 A Lady of Quality
Jan 1899 The Three Dumas Skiteers
Dec 15, 1898 Milord Sir Smith
Oct 1898 Topsy-Turvy Hotel
Apr 21, 1898 Constancy
Apr 21, 1898 Lord and Lady Algy
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