About the Harold Pinter Theatre

*Due to an unprecedented number of events, we have no availability across our venues in February or March 2017. If you are interested in discussing a booking from April 2017 onwards, please do contact [email protected] to discuss the possibilities.

A popular destination the auditorium at the Harold Pinter has an incredibly intimate feel, making it ideal for a wide range of events both large and small. The multiple bar areas create a number of break-out rooms and entertaining spaces which can be hired independently or as part of an auditorium hire. The theatre’s location, situated in the very heart of London’s Leicester Square, and its iconic history, make this a truly unique venue for hire.

The Harold Pinter Theatre is available for hire midweek from 10am-4pm (earlier starts can be facilitated, and week-day availability is subject to matinee performances), and is available throughout the day and evening on Sundays.

Opened in October 1881, the theatre was originally named the Royal Comedy Theatre, before the Royal was removed three years later, with no official warrant having been granted from Buckingham Palace. The theatre’s reputation grew throughout the First World War, whilst home to the famous revue shows of C B Cochran and Andre Charlot. Throughout the 1920s and 30s the theatre became home to popular musical comedy shows, before the auditorium was used as a public shelter during the Second World War. Legend has it that the crew of an enemy warplane dropped an explosive review on the office behind the theatre!

From 1956, and for a period of three years, the theatre became the Watergate Theatre Club, where, as members, audiences could see shows banned elsewhere for being deemed too scandalous. During this time Arthur Miller and his then wife, Marilyn Monroe (accompanied by Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh) attended the world premiere of A View from the Bridge, frequenting the theatre’s bars. However, The Watergate Club’s influence helped to abolish the old censorship laws, and subsequently disbanded.

In more recent years the theatre has been home to such prolific names as Harold Pinter (who declared the Comedy his favourite theatre!) and his plays The Caretaker, No Man’s Land, Moonlight, The Hothouse and The Homecoming. Other stars to have performed here include Alan Bennett and Patricia Routledge in his Talking Heads, Ewan Macgregor, Rachel Weisz, Simon Callow, Mathew Perry, Minnie Driver, Kim Cattrall, Mark Rylance, Timothy West, Kelly Book, Joanna Page, Damian Lewis, Keira Knightley and Kristin Scott Thomas.