Located in Panton Street in Westminster, the Harold Pinter Theatre is a West End house that was initially used exclusively as a comic opera house. Named the Royal Comedy Theatre when it first opened in 1881, the Harold Pinter Theatre was designed by famed architect Thomas Verity. Construction work was completed in just six months and three years after its opening, the theatre was renamed the Comedy Theatre. The theatre underwent a major renovation in the mid 1950s and reopened in 1955 but retained the auditorium layout of the original. The Harold Pinter Theatre is also famous for the part it played in helping abolish the outdated Theatres Act 1843 by establishing the New Watergate Club in 1956, which simplified the rules of stage censorship. In 2011, the theatre was renamed after famous British playwright and actor, Harold Pinter and housed many of his works. The theatre was Grade II listed by the English Heritage in 1973 and is presently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.
While the Harold Pinter Theatre was originally meant to host comedy operas, it ventured out to all types of plays and musicals later in its existence. Some iconic productions hosted at the theatre include Monsieur Beaucaire, Sunday, The Dictator, Raffles, Shell Out, This and That, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, A View From the Bridge, The Homecoming, The Caretaker, Moonlight, No-Man's Land, and The Hothouse and many others. Presently, the theatre is hosting Ian McKellen On Stage starring himself. Looking forward to catching the show? Our Harold Pinter Theatre seating plan guide has all the information you would need to make your West End experience memorable.
Address: Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN, UK
Seating Capacity: 796
Stalls : 416
Dress Circle: 109
Upper Circle: 126
Check out the Harold Pinter Theatre Seating Plan here.
Now Playing at Harold Pinter Theatre London
Ian McKellen On Stage
Ian McKellen - the name says enough! An acclaimed actor both on the stage as well as the screen, McKellen has achieved it all including Tony Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and Olivier Awards. He is considered a true British acting icon and was knighted in the year 1991. After several years in the fields of theatre and film, he came out as gay in 1988. Ian McKellen on Stage, a one-man show of his, has been brought to the West End stage by Sean Mathias, his longtime collaborator. The show is scheduled to be performed at 80 different theatres, with the proceeds to be used to theatre charities. The show will shed light on McKellen's greatest roles, and his journey through cinema, theatre and everything in between.
Ian McKellen On Stage presents itself in the form of an interactive Q&A session including opportunities for audience members to go up on stage with the icon himself. McKellen will provide intimate details into his 60-year long acting career, obviously focusing on the characters of Gandalf (from 'The Lord of the Rings') and Magneto (from 'the X-men' series) that are remembered by audiences all across the globe. McKellen has this unique ability to play with the attention of the audiences. His amiable and easy-going demeanour are sure to surprise you and conversing with him will almost feel like you've known him for a very long time. He will also recall some of his famous roles and lines from Shakespearean plays in the show's latter half. The show will not only be remembered as a tribute to his career journey and life but also for the charismatic persona that Sir Ian McKellen has always been.
Ian McKellen as Himself
Mon - Sat - 7:30 PM
Sun - 3:00 PM
2 hours 25 minutes, including interval
Stalls: You can access the stalls by climbing down 24 steps from the foyer to the auditorium.
Dress Circle: The dress circle is most accessible section in the theatre and is step-free from the foyer to the end of the section.
Royal Circle: The royal circle is accessible via 23 steps up towards the auditorium.
Balcony: You can access the balcony by climbing up 49 steps from the foyer. Patrons with limited mobility should avoid this section.
Wheelchair Accessible: Only the dress circle section in the theatre is wheelchair accessible. There are four wheelchair spaces in the last row of the dress circle and these seats can be accessed without any steps. There are transfer seats available in all aisle and rear seats of the dress circle. Patrons who intend to use the transfer facility should contact the theatre staff beforehand and present them with their wheelchair measurements to allow for a seamless experience.
Restroom: There are women's and men's toilets available at the stalls level. The Royal Retiring Room toilet is six steps down from the foyer and can be accessed by patrons with limited mobility. There are no toilets in the dress circle section but the royal circle and balcony sections have both women's and men's toilets.
Bar: There's a bar located in all four levels of the theatre but only the dress circle bar offers step-free access for users with limited mobility.
Assisted Listening Device: The theatre is equipped with Sennheiser MobileConnect sound amplification system which allows patrons to connect their phones to the system for a superior audio quality. Headphones or necklaces are available for hearing aid users at the theatre box office.
- If you need seats with extra legroom, opt for seats in row A of the stalls. In the dress circle section, extra legroom can be found in boxes C and D. If you're looking to book seats in the royal circle, aisle seats offer the most leg space.
- The closest adapted toilet is available at the Strada restaurant located across the street from the theatre. Front of house staff is available to help with navigating and to escort patrons to and from the theatre.
- Guide and hearing dogs are allowed in all parts of the theatre. If required, a member of the staff can look after the dog for you.
- If any special assistance is needed, be it in terms of wheelchair spaces or induction loop necklace, patrons should contact the theatre well in advance so that the necessary arrangements can be made.
- Take advantage of the Q-Park offer by showing your parking ticket at the theatre box office and availing a discount of 50% on your parking fees.
- The theatre is home to the Moonlight Bar, a luxury watering hole which offers a premium selection of wines and cocktails. Visit this bar to begin your theatre experience on a great note!
The Harold Pinter Theatre is located in central London which makes it a very easy place to get to. There are tons of public transport options you can choose from. Here are some of the top picks:
Tube: If you wish to take the tube to the theatre, Piccadilly Circus is the closest stop. The stop is linked via the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines. The Leicester Square station is also close to the theatre and connected via the Northern and Piccadilly lines.
Bus: There are many bus routes going through the theatre, such as 6, 12, 14, 19, 23, 38, 88, 94, 159 and 453.
Vehicle: If you're getting your own vehicle, there are many parking lots available close to the theatre, including Q-Park.
Restaurants near Harold Pinter Theatre London
1. Tasting Sicily - Enzo's Kitchen: Gorge on regional Italian delights including pizza and sip on wine from an extensive collection, all in a stylishly minimalist decor.
2. Shoryu Ramen: Visit this minimalist noodle bar for their special handmade ramen in pork broth plus sake and Japanese whiskies.
3. Estiatorio Milos: This classy, white tablecloth pescatarian restaurant serves delectable imported Greek fish, prepared to order.
4. Byron Haymarket: Serving scrumptious and posh hamburgers with a choice of toppings, salads and sides, this American-inspired chain diner is a must visit!
5. Ikoyi: Offering a contemporary twist on traditional West African flavors, Ikoyi features a chic space that reflects its cuisine.
6. Hawksmoor: Mouth-watering Devonshire market fish and prime cuts of matured beef are served in an Art Deco surrounding.
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