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The Harold Pinter opened in 1881 as a home of comic opera and was known as the Comedy Theatre until 2011. It opened in the same week as the Savoy Theatre. The orchestra pit currently there is the same as the original one from when it opened in 1881.
Controversial plays were often staged here, including Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams plays in the mid-20th century, setting up the New Watergate Club as a private club in 1956 with its own production rules to dodge the theatrical censorship. Luckily, the censorship law was overturned 12 years later, and the controversial and risqué Rocky Horror Show had its West End theatre debut at the Harold Pinter in 1979.
The Harold Pinter Theatre has seen stars tread the board, including Tom Hiddleston, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall.
The Harold Pinter Theatre has had a long-running association with the British Nobel Prize-winning playwright namesake. The theatre boasts plenty of original features, including its sunburner, set-changing equipment and auditorium with its horseshoe-shaped tiered seating.