Harold Pinter Theatre, London
How to get there:
The theatre’s address is: Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London. SW1Y 4DN
The building is located off of the south-west exit of Leicester Square, and is a large white building, which sits on a corner plot. It has black vertical signage and a black canopy above the main doors.
The Theatre is within walking distance of three tube stations: from Piccadilly Circus, head south towards Trafalgar Square; from Leicester Square, head west across the Square itself; and from Charing Cross head north and west towards and then through the lower part of Leicester Square.
If arriving by car it is possible to be dropped off outside the Theatre’s front door. The nearest parking is at Q-Park Leicester square, which is approximately five minutes walk from the theatre.
If you are travelling by bus, the route numbers 14, 19, 24, 29, 38 or 176 all service both Leicester Square and Haymarket.
There is a taxi rank located 120 meters away, adjacent to the north west corner of Leicester Square, beside M&M world.
Please be aware that due to COVID19, there are currently ropes and barriers outside the theatre to enable use of the pavement while patrons queue in a socially distanced manner for entry.
The traffic on Panton Street is one way heading west away from Leicester Square, but can still be quite busy.
Many local cafes and restaurants in the vicinity have outside seating and signage, which may need careful negotiating.
There are two steps leading up to the theatre’s main glass panelled front doors, beyond which there are matching inner glass doors which push open. All of these doors are pinned open prior to a performance.
Currently all tickets are e-tickets and are scanned upon arrival.
Once inside the carpeted foyer, you will discover it decorated in a gold, blue and white art deco style. It is brightly lit and can get quite noisy just before a performance is about to begin.
The foyer entrance leads through to the dress circle level of the auditorium. Staircases lead down to the stalls and up to both the Royal Circle and the balcony.
People using a wheelchair are seated at the back of the dress circle, and level access is available through a side entrance on Oxendon Street roughly twenty-five metres to the left of the main entrance as you face it.
The bar can be found immediately to the left of the main entrance. Please note, that ropes and poles are used to guide and form the bar queue. The theatre serves a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks, bar snacks and confectionary. It does not serve hot beverages.
The Box office stands opposite the main front doors, with service provided via two wooden windows protected with a thin metal grill.
Toilets are available on all levels, and the Accessible toilet is located within the main foyer itself. Please be aware that some shows operate a no-readmission policy once the performance has begun.
There is a cloakroom available – located outside the dress circle entrance.
All front-of-House staff wear blue t-shirts as their uniform, along with a red name badge. Box Office staff will be wearing a red badge and also a blue lanyard. Theatre management will be wearing black clothes, red badges and will be using a radio communication set.
The doors to the auditorium usually open at 6:45pm for an evening performance or 2:15pm for a matinee.
The Stalls seating is accessed via three different downwards staircases, the dress circle via two separate doors located on either side of box office, and the royal circle and balcony are located up one staircase.
For audio described performances, the theatre provides a designated access host to assist any patron to locate their seats.
The auditorium itself is square in shape, and holds just over 800 patrons. It is predominantly blue in colour, Art Deco in its appearance, with traditional flip down style seats.
The dress circle has three banks of seats with two central aisles, whilst the stalls, royal circle and balcony have one central bank of seats with aisles on either side.
The stalls seating slopes downward towards the stage, whilst the seating in the three balconies are on tier’d steps.
Row letters are displayed along the aisle seats for every row, and each seat displays its own seating number.
Hand sanitiser is attached to the wall at every entry point, and is activated with a motion sensor.
Patrons are required to wear a face covering at all times, unless you are exempt. One member of each party will be asked to either check in using the NHS track and trace app, or fill out a simple form. Once checked in, patrons are asked to remain in building until the conclusion of the performance.
The toilet facilities also require social distancing, with some sinks covered with hard plastic covers to ensure distancing is maintained.
Once inside the theatre, there is a one way system, indicated by social distance space indicators on the floor.
Further information and contact numbers
Assistance dogs are welcomed, but is would be appreciated if patrons can quote their booking order number and alert the venue of their attendance in advance, either via email to [email protected] , or by calling stage door on 020 7321 5300.
Assistance dogs can either accompany their owner inside the auditorium or can be looked after by members of the Front-of-House team.
Braille or large print cast lists can be provided by asking any member of staff.
If you have have any questions or requires further information before attending the theatre, please either email [email protected] or telephone stage door on 020 7321 5300