Pinter at the Pinter, a unique event presented by the Jamie Lloyd Company, featuring all 20 one-act plays written by the great British playwright, will be performed in the theatre that bears his name from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.
Marking the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death, the 20 plays – never performed together in a season of this kind before – will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators. Already lined up to star in season are: 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.
Artistic director Jamie Lloyd said:
“This season is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the legacy of an icon. Harold Pinter revolutionised international theatre and the political force of his words feels more vital than ever.”
Direction is by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams.
Lloyd continued: “On the tenth anniversary of Harold Pinter’s death, it feels very important to acknowledge his impact on our cultural and political lives. I am particularly excited to be introducing a huge body of Harold’s work – by turns dangerous, weird, riotously funny, beautifully lyrical and explosively political – to our young, diverse audience.”
Lady Antonia Fraser, Pinter’s widow, added: “Presenting all of Harold’s one-act plays is a great adventure. It’s never been done before and I am deeply excited at the prospect of seeing them all together in one season. I do have a wistful thought: if only Harold could be here and experience it himself! This is the most appropriate and thrilling way to mark the 10th anniversary of his death in December 2008.”
The eclectic season, which celebrates the remarkable breadth and range of Pinter’s oeuvre, opens with a dynamic collection of his most potent and dangerous political plays – One for the Road, The New World Order, Mountain Language directed by Jamie Lloyd and Ashes to Ashes directed by Lia Williams, which will play in repertoire with the playful and provocative The Lover and The Collection, which features David Suchet and John Macmillan.
The famous modern classic The Dumb Waiter stars Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman and is paired with the psychological comedy-drama A Slight Ache. Two pertinent and irresistibly funny social satires, Party Time and Celebration, feature Ron Cook, Celia Imrie, Abraham Popoola and Tracy Ann Oberman, whilst the spellbinding and atmospheric Landscape and A Kind of Alaska will star Tamsin Greig.
There is a rare opportunity to see Pinter’s first play, The Room, starring Jane Horrocks with Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson and directed by Patrick Marber, alongside Victoria Station and Family Voices.
Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner directs the haunting Moonlight alongside inventive young director Ed Stambollouian’s production of Night School – a quirky Pinter rarity. Special rehearsed readings of Tea Party, The Basement and Silence complete the season.
There will be 25,000 tickets across the run available at £15. A selection will be made available exclusively for all performances for people aged under 30, key workers and those receiving job seekers allowance.
One for the Road; The New World Order; Mountain Language; Ashes to Ashes
6 September to 20 October 2018 (press night is 28 September)
The Lover; The Collection
13 September to 20 October 2018 (press night is 27 September)
Landscape; A Kind of Alaska
25 October to 8 December 2018 (press night is 15 November 2018)
Moonlight; Night School
1 November to 8 December 2018 (press night is 16 November 2018)
The Room; Family Voices; Victoria Station
13 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 (press night is 3 January 2019)
Party Time; Celebration
20 December 2018 to 26 January 2019 (press night is 4 January 2019)
A Slight Ache; The Dumb Waiter
31 January to 23 February 2019 (press night is 7 February 2019)