Harold Pinter Theatre - Formerly

Comedy Theatre, Panton Street SW1Y 4DN


By Jez Butterworth
Comedy Theatre location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Comedy Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 26th Oct 13
Opens 13th Nov 13
Closes 8th Feb 14

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matineé Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm

Local Info
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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




  • Brendan Coyle - Mickey
  • Rupert Grint - Sweets
  • Daniel Mays - Potts
  • Ben Whishaw - Baby
  • Colin Morgan - Skinny
  • Tom Rhys Harries - Silver Johnny

  • Playwright - Jez Butterworth
  • Producer - Sonia Friedman Productions


Awarded the Best New Comedy in the West End. A rerun of the one played in 1995. THIS time though, the band was star-studded and so were the liggers and criminals in this seedy, vicious environment.

Quentin Letts of the daily mail found it an "unlovely, violent, foulmouthed effort".

However Michael Billington of the Guardian took a broader view and summed it up inimitably as exposing the "pretensions of a hermetic gangland culture".

The play is undoubtedly brilliantly acted. Most of the players are seasoned stars and that comes through. Nonetheless It appears that most people left having spent quite a lot of energy on the churning, black and treacherous undercurrents throughout – though not menacing enough for Henry Hitchings of the Evening Standard.

It's becoming increasingly obvious that people go to get doses of bad vibes and harrowing action on a regular basis and are prepared to pay well to sit there being scared and harrowed. Turn on the telly, trundle off to a film, it's all there. Whatever your taste in repugnance you will find it. It's popular. It's cool. If you shudder and squirm when you tell somebody the plot then you've just had another little hit.

"Yeah heavy. Fancy another drink?".

"Nah mate I'm going outside for a rollup. Fortifications for the next act– know what I mean?"

MOJO has been often quoted as being addictive. Addicted to what may I ask? ADRENALINE.  So there's millions of adrenaline addicts going out or turning on the telly for the nightly munch. Is that what it is?

A good actor would surely have to be addicted by now? They been dishing out the bad vibes and adrenaline stimulators for years. I would've thought that they like to feel the adrenaline coursing through their veins to be suitably realistic. That is good actors.

It's all over the Net that we're all pretty much infested by ætheric parasites that feed off the adrenaline energy in our blood. All sorts of names for them. Call them what you will. So when you're settling down with your cocoa – or whatever – you can understand that it's not just you that gets a thrill off the adrenaline as it courses through on a rerun of what you've just seen.

There's also some dang parasite that's been feeding off all those bad vibes. Like '…How on earth can a man think of doing anything like that to someone else - you know like sawing him in half for 'is money.?…Think of all that blood.…blood everywhere. Orrible way to die…'

So Book now and enjoy. This play will be with you for quite a while as you ruminate and reminisce. It will certainly give you many bangs and feel-backs for your buck.

"Hello John. So what do you think of the play? Ain't it marvellous– Fancy going for a rerun next week? It was pretty fast moving and hard-hitting I think I may have missed some bits."

© 2017 Updated 17th Feb 2014