Further all-star casting has been announced for Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter, an unparalleled event featuring all twenty short plays written by Harold Pinter in the West End theatre that bears his name. The West End repertory season runs from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.
Some of the country’s most exciting young stars – Jessica Barden, Kate O’Flynn, Hayley Squires, Luke Thallon and Russell Tovey – together with Antony Sher and Penelope Wilton have most recently been announced to join the cast which, as previously announced, also features Keith Allen, Phil Davis, Paapa Essiedu, Rupert Graves, Gary Kemp, John Simm, Maggie Steed, Ron Cook, Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, David Suchet and Nicholas Woodeson.
This will be first time Barden (The End of the F**king World), O’Flynn (The Glass Menagerie), Squires (I, Daniel Blake), Thallon (Albion) and Tovey (Angels in America) have performed Pinter’s work, thus introducing his plays to a whole new generation.
Russell Tovey said: “Pinter’s work brings danger and wit and sexiness and magic and coolness to the Theatre and this season will bring all of that and more, like a seriously high-end boxset binge.”
Sir Antony Sher, who is also making his Pinter debut, said:
“This is a very special project for me – I’ve always longed to be in a Pinter play, and now, at last, I’ve got my chance. And what a play this is! One for the Road shows Pinter at the height of his powers, I believe. He’s taking on a truly difficult subject, torture, yet writing with such wit, danger and lightness of touch, it’s breathtaking.”
Sher and Kate O’Flynn, who impressed audiences and critics alike in Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court, join the Paapa Essiedu and Maggie Steed in the explosive first evening of the season, the must-see One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes, directed by Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams.
BAFTA nominee Hayley Squires and stage and screen star Russell Tovey join John Macmillan and David Suchet in Lloyd’s playful productions of the comedic masterpieces The Lover and The Collection.
Fresh from Netflix’s cult hit The End of the F**king World, Jessica Barden will lead the hilarious Pinter oddity, Night School. Following his exceptional performances in The Inheritance (Young Vic) and Albion (Almeida), Luke Thallon will feature as part of the Patrick Marber-directed The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices, with a cast including Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson. Each evening runs for a very limited number of performances.
The world premiere production of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer, an anarchic attack on the Presidency, will be performed alongside One for the Road, The New World Order, Mountain Language and Ashes to Ashes from September 6th to October 20th, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Upon finding the sketch scrawled on one of Pinter’s writing pads, his widow, Lady Antonia Fraser commented: “I could have been reading something written today. ‘What would Harold have thought of Trump?’ People are always asking me that question. Now we know. As it were.” The role of the President will be played by a variety of surprise guest stars across the short run.
Close friend and long-term Pinter collaborator Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) will make 12 special guest appearances, performing the witty monologue, Tess, written for her by Pinter, from the 19th November as part of the performances of Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, starring Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig.
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 and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the revered playwright’s death, Pinter at the Pinter is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Ben Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.
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.