Based in London’s West End, The Harold Pinter theatre was formerly known as the Comedy Theatre. In November 2011 the theatre was renamed in honour of one of the UK’s most revered playwrights.
Located on Panton Street in the City of Westminster the theatre was originally opened on 15 October 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre. It was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months. 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 The outdated Theatres Act 1843 still required scripts to be submitted for approval by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.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. Plays produced in this way included the UK premieres of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy and Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.
The law was not revoked until 1968, but in the late 1950s there was a loosening of conditions in theatre censorship. The club was dissolved and Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise premiered to a public audience. The theatre was renamed after Pinter in 2011.
The 2015 Olivier award winning Musical Sunny Afternoon, depicting the rise to stardom of The Kinks is currently showing at the theatre.
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