Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Booking until 8 February 2014
Harry Potter star, Rupert Grint makes his West End debut opposite Skyfall’s Ben Wishaw in a West End revival of Mojo. Mojo, by Jerusalem writer Jez Butterworth, is set in the 1950’s in Soho’s Rock n Roll golden era. The show is a black comedy and tells the tale of a gangster plot within the club culture. Also starring Downton Abbey’s Brendan Cole, Colin Morgan, Tom Rhys Harries and Daniel Mays, the show is set to be a raucous exploration of the clubland underworld, outlining the true price one pays for fame and fortune.
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The Harold Pinter Theatre box office is located within the theatre building on Panton Street and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am up until the start of the performance (evening performance on two show days.)
Tickets can be collected from the theatre on show days in the hour before the performance is due to start. Collectors must take their booking reference and the card on which they made the booking as proof of purchase.
Up until 2011 the theatre was named “The Comedy” but was renamed to honour the deceased playwright, Harold Pinter. The theatre opened in 1881 with a comic opera, The Mascotte.
Pre war performances included Raffles (1906), and Peg O’ Heart of Mine in 1914. Throughout World War One the theatre began to establish itself as home of Cochran and Charlot review shows.
The theatre sparked controversy and played a large part in overturning theatre censorship with its New Watergate Club, established in 1956. The club refused to abide by the outdated Theatres Act of 1843, meaning it staged text that had previously been banned. Notable plays staged at the theatre at this time were Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge and Tennessee Williams’ Cat on A Hot Tin Roof.
In the 90’s the theatre became home to a large number of Harold Pinter Plays including The Homecoming (1991), The Cartaker (1992), Moonlight (1995) and The Hothouse (1995.) This is perhaps another reason why theatre adopted the playwrights name in 2011.
In recent years the venue has been home to short but successful runs including Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (2006), Birdsong (2010) and A Chorus of Disapproval (2012.)
The theatre has received amazingly good press in the past year as its revival production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along (2013) received the most 5 star reviews in the history of the West End and the next production Chimerica, a new piece of writing by Lucy Kirkwood, received similarly rave reviews.
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