Cirque Berserk

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Now entering its fifth exciting year, circus favourite Cirque Berserk comes to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season, before Consent takes to the stage. A thrilling combination of acrobatics, circus skills and dance, this breath-taking show has been entertaining audiences across the UK’s biggest venues and now comes to London for a limited season.
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Booking until 7 May 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Consent

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Nina Raine’s critically-acclaimed new play Consent transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season. After a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Dorfman, the production transfers with some of its original cast. A searing look at the legal system, the play follows two friends who are on opposing sides of a rape trial. As their lives begin to unravel in court and at home, it appears that all versions of the truth must be challenged.
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Booking from 18 May 2018 until 11 August 2018

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0844 871 7622
Access Booking:0844 871 7677
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:020 7321 5300

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History

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.

Past Shows

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The Birthday Party
(closed 14 Apr 2018)
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Oslo
(closed 30 Dec 2017)
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Hamlet
(closed 31 Aug 2017)

 
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(closed 27 May 2017)
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Nice Fish
(closed 11 Feb 2017)
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Sunny Afternoon
(closed 29 Oct 2016)

 
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The Importance Of Being Earnest
(closed 20 Sep 2014)
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Relative Values
(closed 21 Jun 2014)
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Mojo
(closed 8 Feb 2014)

 
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Chimerica
(closed 16 Oct 2013)
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Merrily We Roll Along
(closed 27 Jul 2013)
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Old Times
(closed 6 Apr 2013)