Crafty rather than comic, the former Comedy Theatre is best known for creating the New Watergate Club in 1956 – an enterprise that allowed the venue to put on risqué productions unlikely to get past the stringent and outdated censorship of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office. Running as a club, it was able to stage Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ and Tennessee Williams’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ – landmark shows that pressured censors into relaxing their stance. Challenging and daring theatre has since been on the bill at the Comedy Theatre – notably the debut of Peter Shaffer's ‘Five Finger Exercise’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ in 1979 – and the venue continues to peddle a mix of hard-hitters and comedies. Having played host to many of Pinter's plays , it was renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011.
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I went to the Harold Pinter a few weeks back, to see the play called 'Mojo'. The front of house were lovely to me and my friend, who is disabled. They showed us where to go, and they were constantly making sure she was comfortable and happy. The show itself, Mojo, was exceptionally funny, although rather rude. This was the first piece of contemporary theatre I had seen - I usually go to Shakespeare - and i was pleasantly suprised. While for me, it didn't come anywhere near to the Bard's great work, it was a pleasant change. I was amazed by the outstanding cast, but I was a little dissapointed with Rupert Grint's acting, after seeing him in Harry Potter. The theatre itself was lovely and homely, and it felt like you were watching a play in your front room. Thank you for helping me make the transition from Shakespeare to contemporary plays so gracefully, and i thoroughly enjoyed my self.
I just had to write a message of THANKS regarding your Front of House Staff. In the first place, my friend who is elderly and disabled like myself was offered help by CHRIS who very kindle helped her to her seat. Secondly, we had originally ordered drinks for the interval but then my friend wanted to try the cocktails that were on offer as well so that meant 4 drinks to be carried. We both have to use walking sticks so had a problem, but not for long. A young lady named INGRID quickly offered to help us bring the drinks to our seats. Finally, We needed to go to the Ladies on our way out and because of our mobility problems CHARLES allowed us to use a box office toilet for which we were extremely grateful. The Show was EXCELLENT. All the cast were very good but the one that impressed us so much was the lady who wore the "diamond" black and white tights. Her expressions were BRILLIANT!!! Thank you all so much for making our trip to your Theatre so pleasant. I do hope that you will pass on our thanks to those I named.
On 27 November we saw "A Chorus of Disapproval". A good experience although we felt it was held together by Rob Brydon's excellent performance. The downside was the theatre bar. My wife bought two small glasses of wine and was charged an exorbitant £14. The previous evening we had enjoyed wine on The Strand at about half the price.Possibly the theatre is instigating the Government's unit price alcohol pricing policy in advance ? I tried to email the theatre but cannot find an email address !
The worst ever play. Cheap production. The actors could not act at all. It is not a comedy at all rather a very bad written tragedy if someone thinks the money you spent and. Personnel also very roud and very unhelpful.
WARNING - Do not book tickets at this theatre through a third party. The theatre themselves (in particular Liam the Box Office manager) will not allow any amendments to your booking once made... bad way to do business.