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The Comedy Theatre is Renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre

Tuesday, 13th Sep 2011

The West End Venue Granted the Rename as of October 2011

When audiences headed to the West End to witness the recent production of Harold Pinter’s

“Betrayal” (which finished its run in August) they would have purchased Theatre Tickets for the Comedy Theatre, a venue that has welcomed a great deal of plays from the late British playwright. However, from Thursday 13th October 2011 the venue will forever be celebrating the work of the writer as it changes its name to the Harold Pinter Theatre, its first name-change in well over a century.

Pinter will be celebrated as one of the best playwrights in the United Kingdom well into the future and this is thanks to an extensive and renowned career producing some well known pieces of work. From his first work in the late 1950s right up to his most recent work in the last decade (leading up to his death in 2008) he has found fans all over the world. His credits include “Betrayal” (at the Comedy Theatre until Saturday 20th August 2011), “No Man’s Land”, “The Servant”, “The Homecoming” and “The Caretaker”, among others. He also worked as a screenwriter and directed many of his own productions.

The Comedy Theatre has been in the West End for well over a century, opening in 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre and changing to the Comedy Theatre in 1884, a name that has remained in place ever since. Over the last century it has welcomed operettas, revue shows and plays to great success and in the last decade these have included “The Children’s Hour” with Keira Knightley from January to April 2011, “Birdsong” from September 2010 to January 2011, “Prick Up Your Ears” from September 2009 to December 2009 and “Too Close to the Sun” from July to August 2009, among others.

It’s next show, the premiere of which will also be the date that the name change comes into effect, will be “Death and the Maiden” which will star Hollywood actress Thandie Newton in a story written by Ariel Dorfman. It is set to run at what will then be the Harold Pinter Theatre from Monday 24th October 2011 (with previews from Thursday 13th October 2011) and continues to Saturday 21st January 2012.

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