Pinter Two: The Lover / The Collection
The Jamie Lloyd Company presents a complete season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays to celebrate the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer on the 10th anniversary of his death. This unique theatrical event will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019, and promises an unforgettable celebration of the “most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation” (The Guardian).
Pinter Five: The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices
Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, features in a triple-bill directed by Pinter’s colleague and friend, Patrick Marber. An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the hilarious Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices attempt to communicate, but can we ever truly express the depths of our feeling?
Cast includes Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Luke Thallon, Nicholas Woodesen.
Pinter Four: Moonlight / Night School
The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, in which the past haunts the dark, lonely recesses of a dying father’s bedroom.
An East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.
Casting includes Jessica Barden.
Pinter Seven: A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter
The Pinter at The Pinter season culminates with two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless.
When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora and Edward are changed forever.
Gus and Ben, two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building – but what is the cost of their quest for meaning?
A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both written in the late 1950s, are directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Cast includes Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman
Free Q&A with members of the Company: Tue 12 February 2019
Pinter Six: Party Time / Celebration
A scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression, the highly pertinent Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration.
Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Cast includes Ron Cook, Phil Davis, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola and John Simm.
Free Q&A with members of the Company: Tue 8 January 2019.
Pinter Three: Landscape / A Kind of Alaska / Monologue
Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, directed by Jamie Lloyd, are spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time.
Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds.
Lee Evans will perform the poignant Monologue and a selection of Pinter’s most hilarious comedy sketches, including the sketch Apart From That, with Meera Syal.
In addition, long-term Pinter collaborator Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) will make 12 special guest appearances to perform the witty monologue Tess – written specifically for her by Pinter – from the 19th November.
With the curtain-raising on 15th October 1881, this Victorian theatre only underwent six months to construct, and was in the beginning known as the Royal Comedy Theatre, with The Royal being discarded by 1884.
The theatre’s reputation was increased during the First World War when C B Cochran and André Charlot presented their review shows.
Substantial reconstruction took place in the mid-1950’s with the theatre reopening on 14th December, 1955.
One characteristic of this theatre is the use of columns to support the circle seating areas, which signifies that a number of the seats have a slightly restricted view.
The Comedy Theatre was perhaps best known for the role it played in the late 1950s, assisting in overturning stage censorship.
Later productions include the award-winning comedy Steaming, and the fabulous award-winning musical Little Shop of Horrors making its West End debut in 1979, both of which played at The Comedy in the early 1980’s.
The Comedy was named the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011 after Harold Pinter CH, CBE Playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director and poet.
Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN