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The Show

A sublime all-star cast including Nigel Havers, Martin Jarvis, Cherie Lunghi and Sian Philips make this production of Oscar Wilde's best known, often staged comedy a cut above the average revival. 

You can expect these consummate comic craftspersons to breathe fresh life into Wilde's masterfully constructed farce, and to transport you with wit and charm to its late 19th Century tableau of misunderstandings, mistaken identities and, of course, the invincible Lady Bracknell.

The Story

Two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing, J.P and upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies, Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax. 

Hilarious misadventures result from their subterfuge: their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism punctuate a serpentine plot that fizzes with some of the finest dialogue in all of theatre.

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Reviews

Enjoyment, most notably from Sian Phillips as a vulture-like Lady Bracknell whose voice swoops and soars to tremendous effect

- The Daily Telegraph

Martin Jarvis and Nigel Havers… are reunited in their glorious double-act

- The Independent

Philips is one of the best Lady Bracknells I have ever seen

- Daily Express

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Choose your seats from the plan of the Harold Pinter Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

Venue Info

Harold Pinter Theatre

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The Harold Pinter Theatre is situated on Panton Street in the West End of London, close to Piccadilly Circus tube station. Built in 1881, this 796 seat venue was known as the Comedy Theatre until 2011. Its name change came about by way of tribute to the late great British playwright, many of whose works were staged here. 


The first production at the Harold Pinter Theatre was The Mascotee, an Opera Comique, which opened on October 15 1881. Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable West End theatre’s stage since then are Savages, Talking Heads, Six Degrees of Separation, The Caretaker and Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs.


Today, the Harold Pinter Theatre enjoys consistent success and has established a solid reputation for its diverse repertoire, staging musical comedies, experimental theatre and classic revivals.


Like any long-serving institution it’s had its ups and downs but, in contrast to the massive upheavals experienced by many other West End theatres, the downs have been relatively few. Originally called the Comedy Theatre, it is one of the only remaining theatres in the West End whose interior is mostly unchanged, with only minor alterations carried out over the years. The original Orchestra Pit is still present in the theatre, though very rarely used.


While still trading under the Comedy name, the theatre was closed in 2011 in order to install a new grid and flying equipment. The theatre reopened after a one month closure as the Harold Pinter Theatre, in homage to the great modern playwright who had such a huge impact on British and world drama. 


The layout, size and atmosphere of the Harold Pinter Theatre make it a brilliant place to see musicals, plays and stand-up comedy. Recent successes include Ibsen’s Ghosts, The Old Masters, Sunset Boulevard, Birdsong, The Children’s Hour, Betrayal, Absent Friends, South Downs and The Browning Version and Spamalot. 


Whatever you decide to see at the Harold Pinter Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.


Venue Address: 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DNView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines:Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Nearest Rail:Charing Cross
Bus Numbers:(Haymarket) 3, 6, 12, 13, 19, 23, 38, 88, 139; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 22, 94
Night Bus Numbers:(Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 139, 88, N3, N13, N18, N19, N38, N97, N136, N550, N551; (Piccadilly Circus) 14, 94, N22
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes
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