A complete guide to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

By | Posted on 15-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

Named after one of Britain’s finest playwrights, the Harold Pinter Theatre‘s been home to variety shows, operas, gripping plays and jukebox musicals in a history of over 140 years. Whether you’re visiting the Harold Pinter Theatre to see a show or you’re wanting to learn more about the West End, here’s our guide to the playhouse.

Guide to London’s Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End

Where is the Harold Pinter Theatre?

The Harold Pinter Theatre is located on Panton Street (SW1Y 4DN) in London. It’s a street just off Haymarket, near to Her Majesty’s Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

How do I get to the Harold Pinter Theatre?

The Harold Pinter Theatre is in central London, in the heart of the West End. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, just a short walk from the theatre.

Heading to the Harold Pinter Theatre on the bus? You’ll want to travel on these bus routes to ensure you’re dropped as close to the theatre as possible.

Haymarket: 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139
Piccadilly Circus: 14, 22, 94

Can I travel to the Harold Pinter Theatre by tube?

Are you travelling to the Harold Pinter via the London Underground? The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly line), just a two minute walk on Haymarket. Other tube stations near to the theatre include Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly).

When did the Harold Pinter Theatre open?

Opening in 1881 as the Comedy Theatre, the playhouse was first known as a London home of comic opera and uplifting, funny productions. But, during the twentieth century, the theatre’s reputation changed when it reopened in 1955 after renovation works. Plays by esteemed American playwrights such as Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams enjoyed their British premieres at the theatre, as well as The Rocky Horror Show finding its West End feet at the Comedy Theatre.

The theatre was renamed in 2011 after the British playwright, with the theatre previously home to a Pinter at the Pinter season. Recent shows at the Harold Pinter Theatre include BetrayalOslo and Sunny Afternoon.

How many seats are inside the Harold Pinter Theatre?

Did you know that the Harold Pinter Theatre has 796 seats over four seating levels? As one of the only West End theatres with a balcony, the Harold Pinter Theatre has at least 416 stalls seats, 109 dress circle seats, 126 royal circle seats and 134 balcony seats, as well as box seating available.

Are you booking tickets for a show at the Harold Pinter with Encore Tickets? When choosing your seats, you’ll be able to see each ticket available for your desired performance, thanks to our interactive seating plans. When browsing performances, you’ll also be able to see ticket deals to take advantage of, so you can book the best seats in the house for less.

Where should I sit at the Harold Pinter Theatre?

Harold Pinter Theatre

Although the auditorium has four seating levels, as soon as you step into the intimate theatre, you’ll feel close to the action. Seats further away from the stage may mean that you don’t see every facial expression from the performers, however you’ll still be able to feel part of the show whether you’re sitting in the stalls or the back row of the balcony.

If you want to book stalls seats with an unspoiled view, you’ll want to book tickets in the central seats of each row. These seats offer good legroom, enough room for bags and coats below your seats and wonderful sightlines. Those sitting in the closest seats to the stage may have to lift their heads slightly to see what’s going on towards the back corners of the stage. Seats towards the back of the stalls may be interrupted by pillars in the auditorium, however this restricted view is often reflected in the ticket price, meaning you can pick up an excellent deal on shows at the Harold Pinter.

Seats in the front rows of the Dress Circle also offer great views, and they’re not affected by the overhang either, however seats in the Dress Circle and the Royal Circle do curve slightly, so it’s recommended to sit in the stalls if you suffer from vertigo.

Balcony seats at the Harold Pinter Theatre are high, however the seats are comfortable. Seats at the front of the balcony may also be interrupted by a safety rail cutting in the middle of the stage, so you may have to lean forward or lean back regularly. But, balcony seats are often the cheapest seats in the theatre, so if you’re looking to see a show on a whim, why not book balcony seats for a different experience at the theatre.

Unsure where to sit at the Harold Pinter Theatre? With four seating levels, it can be difficult to decide, but why not learn all about the different types of theatre seating and theatre staging with our complete West End guides.

What restaurants are near the Harold Pinter Theatre?

Want to eat at a restaurant before or after seeing a show at the Harold Pinter Theatre? Book your table at our top picks of restaurants just a few minutes walk from the theatre. Or, if you’re wanting to go further afield, there’s even more to choose from with Encore Tickets.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron HaymarketA minute’s walk from Piccadilly Circus, they make proper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap for maximum flavour.5:30pm