The Watsons

Following sold-out and critically-acclaimed runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory, Laura Wade’s new play The Watsons – based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel - will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2020.


David Tennant will return to the West End to star in Good, CP Taylor’s powerful morality play about the rising tide of Nazism in pre-war Germany. Good will play a strictly limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre in April 2021.
Booking from 21 April 2021 until 17 July 2021
Running Time: TBC

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Box Office:0844 871 7622
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7321 5300
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Previously the theatre was named the Comedy Theatre, but was renamed to honour playwright Harold Pinter when he passed. Originally opening in 1881 with comic opera The Mascotte, the building housed operettas and small comedies, with world premieres of Falka (1883) and Erminie (1885).

Pre-War performances included Raffles (1906), and Peg O’ Heart of Mine (1914). Throughout the First World War. the venue began to establish itself in the West End, hosting revue shows from Charles Blake Cochran and Andre Charlot. The Comedy Theatre also was pivotal in overturning theatre censorship, staging productions such as premiere's of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Throughout the 90’s the theatre became home to a large number of Harold Pinter plays including The Homecoming (1991), The Caretaker (1992), Moonlight (1995) and The Hothouse (1995). Soon, a mixture of productions began to come into the Comedy Theatre, with notable shows including Steptoe and Son in Murder at Oil Drum Lane (2006), The Rocky Horror Show (2007), starring David Bedella, Dickens Unplugged (2008) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard (2008-2009), directed by Craig Revel Horwood.

A range of stars have appeared at the theatre, including Matt Lucas in Prick Up Your Ears (2009), Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope (2010), Mark Rylance and Joanna Lumley in La Bete (2010). In 2011, ATG bought the venue and renamed it the Harold Pinter Theatre, in honour of the playwright. Keira Knightley starred in The Children's Hour (2011) after this, with Kristin Scott Thomas in Betrayal (2011) and Thandie Newton in Death and the Maiden (2011-2012).

Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends (2012) received an acclaimed revival, starring Kara Tointon and Reece Shearsmith, which was followed by a Terence Rattigan and David Hare double-bill of South Downs and The Browning Version (2012), with Anna Chancellor. Another Ayckbourn play received an all-star revival, with A Chorus of Disapproval (2012-2013) starring Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen.

A quick turnover of shows followed, including Rufus Sewell, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams in Old Times (2013), a five-star, critically acclaimed revival of musical Merrily We Roll Along (2013), Chimerica (2013), Jez Butterworth's Mojo (2013-2014), starring Rupert Grint, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Coyle, Noel Coward's Relative Values (2014) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2014).

In 2014, Olivier Award-winning The Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre from the Hampstead Theatre, where it remained for an impressive two years. Following the musical's departure, Mark Rylance's Broadway play Nice Fish (2016) transfers, followed by Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017).

Following a five star revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 2017 sees Andrew Scott take the lead role in Robert Icke's new production of Hamlet, transferring to the theatre from the Almeida. Hamlet is followed by J.T. Rogers' Tony Award-winning Broadway play, Oslo, which ran for a strictly limited 3 months.

2018 kicked off with an anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, starring Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan, followed by a short-run of circus extravaganza Cirque Berserk. Nina Raine's Consent transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in May 2018, with a revival of David Walliams' Gangsta Granny playing throughout the summer.

The Jamie Lloyd Company arrives at the venue for a 2018-2019 run celebrating the plays of Harold Pinter. The season includes stars such as David Suchet, Tom Hiddleston, Tamsin Greig, Meera Syal, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie and more. Plays include One for the Road / New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes, The Lover / The Collection, Landscape / A Kind of Alaska, Moonlight / Night School, The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices, Party Time / Celebration, A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter.

To finish the season, Jamie Lloyd presents Betrayalone of Pinter's full-length plays, starring Tom Hiddleston.

During the summer, the stage adaptation of Captain Corelli's Mandolin transferred to the venue, following a successful UK tour.

Most recently, star of stage and screen Ian McKellen brought his hugely acclaimed one-man show Ian McKellen on Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You for a limited season following an 80+ venue tour around the UK to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Olivier Award-winning playwright, Conor McPherson presented his version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in January, starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.

Past Shows

Uncle Vanya
(closed 2 May 2020)
Ian Mckellen Small Logo
Ian McKellen on Stage
(closed 31 Dec 2019)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
(closed 31 Aug 2019)

(closed 8 Jun 2019)
Pinter 7 Small
A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter
(closed 23 Feb 2019)

Party Time / Celebration
(closed 26 Jan 2019)
Moonlight / Night School
(closed 8 Dec 2018)
Landscape/A Kind of Alaska
(closed 8 Dec 2018)

The Lover / The Collection
(closed 20 Oct 2018)
Gangsta Granny
(closed 26 Aug 2018)