An exciting group of theatre stars have joined The Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter season, which began its unprecedented celebration of Harold Pinter this month, featuring all the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s short plays.
The esteemed company are joined by Bríd Brennan, Janie Dee, Tom Edden, Abbie Finn, Robert Glenister, Isis Hainsworth, John Heffernan, Katherine Kingsley, Eleanor Matsuura, Peter Polycarpou, Dwane Walcott and Al Weaver.
Major comedy talent Tom Edden (One Man, Two Guvnors; Amadeus) joins Keith Allen, Lee Evans, Tamsin Greig and Meera Syal in Pinter Three: Landscape / A Kind of Alaska / Monologue. Katherine Kingsley (Dusty; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Eleanor Matsuura (soon to star in the next season of The Walking Dead) complete the cast of Pinter Six: Party Time / Celebration. For the final evening, Pinter Seven, National Theatre regular John Heffernan joins Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman for A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter. Heffernan will lead the comic masterpiece A Slight Ache as Edward.
Brennan, Dee, Glenister, Hainsworth, Polycarpou, Walcott, Weaver join Pinter Four: Moonlight / Night School directed by Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian respectively and featuring the previously announced Jessica Barden. Talented young drummer Abbie Finn provides live onstage percussion in Night School.
In Moonlight, the subjectivity of memory and the complexity familial relationships are explored with raw emotion and great humour, as the past haunts Andy (Glenister) at the end of his life. In Night School, an East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret.
The Pinter at the Pinter season started on 6th September with Pinter’s most explosive plays, starring Paapa Essiedu, Jonathan Glew, Kate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Antony Sher, Maggie Steed and the voice of Michael Gambon. Pinter One features the famed One For The Road, The New World Order, Mountain Language, Ashes to Ashes and the World Premiere production of the newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer, an anarchic attack on the Presidency.
Mark Rylance has announced that he will be taking part in a special Q&A on the 2nd October as a part of his two charity performances of Pinter’s Nobel Prize Lecture, Art, Truth & Politics in aid of Stop the War, ahead of the evening performances of Pinter One and Pinter Two.
Playing in rep with Pinter One are John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet and Russell Tovey starring in Pinter Two: The Lover / The Collection, Pinter’s comedic masterpiece hailed by Sir Laurence Olivier as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th Century.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the revered playwright’s death Pinter at the Pinter features all of Pinter’s short plays, alongside a selection of his poems and sketches.
The season is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.
About Pinter at the Pinter
Pinter at the Pinter is an unparalleled event featuring all short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century, in the theatre that bears his name. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. Each play runs for a limited number of performances.
The season will be presented in repertoire by a world-class cast, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and frequent collaborators. The cast includes Keith Allen, Jessica Barden, Bríd Brennan, Ron Cook, Jon Culshaw, Phil Davis, Janie Dee, Danny Dyer, Tom Edden, Paapa Essiedu, Lee Evans, Abbie Finn, Martin Freeman, Michael Gambon, Robert Glenister, Jonathan Glew, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Isis Hainsworth, John Heffernan, Rufus Hound, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Katherine Kingsley, John Macmillan, Eleanor Matsuura, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Peter Polycarpou, Abraham Popoola, Antony Sher, John Simm, Hayley Squires, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, Meera Syal, Luke Thallon, Russell Tovey, Dwane Walcott, Al Weaver, Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Woodeson.
Mark Rylance will make two special charity performances of Art, Truth and Politics, Pinter’s Nobel Prize Lecture, in aid of the Stop the War Coalition.
Direction is by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams, with season design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Jon Clark, Elliot Griggs and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham.
Pinter at the Pinter is part of the Pinter 10 partnership with the BFI, The Harold Pinter Estate and Faber & Faber, which is marking the 10th anniversary of Pinter’s death with a series of events celebrating the life of the most important British playwright of the 20th Century.
BFI Southbank commemorated the anniversary with a season of Pinter’s film and television productions; Pinter on Screen: Power, Sex & Politics.
About Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter was born in Hackney, London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter was lauded throughout his life as one of the greatest living playwrights, who had a revolutionary impact on how theatre was written and performed, and who it represented on stage. An establishment agitator who challenged injustice, he became as famous for his political interventions as for his writing later in his life.
His genius was recognised within his lifetime as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the European Theatre Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in addition to 18 other honorary degrees.
After working as an actor under the stage name David Baron, Pinter went on to be a theatrical playwright, director, screenwriter and actor.
He wrote his first play The Room in 1957 and from there 29 plays, including The Birthday Party, The Hothouse, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man’s Land, and Betrayal. Sketches include The Black and White, Request Stop, That’s your Trouble, Night, and Precisely.
Pinter directed 27 theatre productions, including James Joyce’s Exiles, David Mamet’s Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and scores of his own plays including his last, Celebration, paired with his first, The Room, at The Almeida Theatre, London in the spring of 2000.
In film he wrote 21 screenplays including The Pumpkin Eater, The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sleuth.
He continued to act under his own name, on stage and screen. He last acted two years before his death in 2006, when he appeared in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson.