An exciting group of theatre stars has 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 is 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 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. Kingsley (Dusty; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and 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 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 6 September 2018 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 2 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 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.