Alan Ayckbourn’s exquisite comedy Absent Friends is being heralded by the critics as 'the best fun you can have in the West End today' (The Sunday Telegraph). With an outstanding cast of award-winning comedy talents including David Armand (The Armstrong and Miller Show, Torn YouTube sensation), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Waterloo Road, Lapland, The Office), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Season’s Greetings, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff), Steffan Rhodri (Gavin and Stacey), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Betty Blue Eyes, Psychoville) and Kara Tointon (Pygmalion, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing Winner 2010), critically-acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin’s production has audiences laughing out loud as this well-intentioned tea party turns into utter chaos.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 15m
When their dear old friend Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends invite him round to cheer him up over tea and sandwiches. As the tea starts to pour, it's clear that trouble is brewing with a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
Alan Ayckbourn’s exquisite comedy Absent Friends is being heralded by the critics as 'the best fun you can have in the West End today' (The Sunday Telegraph). With an outstanding cast of award-winning comedy talents including David Armand (The Armstrong and Miller Show, Torn YouTube sensation), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Waterloo Road, Lapland, The Office), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Season’s Greetings, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff), Steffan Rhodri (Gavin and Stacey), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Betty Blue Eyes, Psychoville) and Kara Tointon (Pygmalion, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing Winner 2010), critically-acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin’s production has audiences laughing out loud as this well-intentioned tea party turns into utter chaos.
The Ambassador Theatre group know that communication is key.
We want all our patrons to have a good experience while in our theatres, so we now have a visual tool for parents and companions to use with children and adults on the autistic spectrum and/or with Sensory and Communication difficulties.
We have been researching the benefits of using visual stories and would like to offer a visual story for your visit to The Harold Pinter Theatre. We know some of our patrons find social situations difficult and we understand that we are all unique.
We are currently experiencing intermittent problems with our hearing enhancement system, please contact the venue directly ahead of your visit, or arrive at least 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Our Box Office and foyer are situated at street level. The Stalls seating is accessible down a flight of 23 steps. Our Dress Circle seating has the easier access, being on foyer level and can provide up to 4 wheelchair spaces per performance. Seats in front of these spaces can be moved forward to accommodate longer chairs and small scooters - please provide measurements of chairs and scooters at time of booking to enable Box Office Staff to advise you correctly.
The Harold Pinter Theatre auditorium is equipped with Sennheiser MobileConnect WiFi sound amplification system. MobileConnect uses WiFi to deliver superior quality audio to a smart device such as an iPod or iPhone, either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. Devices can be booked via the box office in advance, borrowed on the day, or alternatively patrons can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app and use their own device.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified.
Sound is amplified sound through headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
Ladies and Gents toilets are located down 23 steps from the foyer to Stalls level, up 23 steps from foyer to Royal Circle and up 49 steps from foyer to Balcony level. Our Royal Retiring Room toilet is located 6 steps down from foyer level for patrons who are able to manage some steps. There is one handrail. Alternatively, for patrons with limited mobility, Access toilet located in the main foyer.
By bus: Number 14, 19, 24, 29, 38 or 176 to Leicester Square and Haymarket.
Parking: Q-Park currently have an offer running at most West End theatres for a 50% discount on parking when attending a show.
The nearest Q-Park to the Harold Pinter Theatre is Q-Park Trafalgar, Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS. Alternatively Q-Park Chinatown, and Q-Park Soho are also only a short walk from the venue.
Please bring the parking ticket to the Box Office where we will be able to stamp the ticket for a discount. For prices, further information, and terms and conditions please visit www.q-park.co.uk
Alternatively the nearest car park to the venue will be on Whitcomb Street, which is located just around the corner. Please note at this time that we do not have any deals operating with this car park and are unable to stamp any tickets for a discount.
Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7622 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Groups Bookings: 020 7206 1174
Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Stage Door / Admin:* 0207 321 5300
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.
For advance bookings Monday-Saturday. 10am-7pm
Please note we may not be able to take advance bookings for future shows half an hour before a show starts including Matinee days.
Open at 6pm every night, this luxury bar offers cocktails, premium wine selections and a relaxing setting to prepare you for your night at the theatre.
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