A major collaboration has been announced to present Pinter at the Pinter, an extraordinary season of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays, on the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death, performed in the theatre that bears his name.
Pinter at the Pinter is a unique event featuring all 20 short plays, written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century. They have never been performed together in one season.
The Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions are producing the season which runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre, in London’s West End, from September to February.
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.”
The 20 plays will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators. The cast includes 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.
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.”
Pinter’s widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, said: “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, celebrating 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, 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 fascinating 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, while 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 emotionally raw and 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.
Adam Speers, executive producer of ATG Productions, said: “ATG renamed the Comedy Theatre the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2011, so we are delighted that after hosting a number of Harold Pinter productions over the years we get to celebrate Harold on this important anniversary.”
Emily Vaughan-Barratt, ATG and The Jamie Lloyd Company Producer, said: “Having produced The Hothouse and The Homecoming with The Jamie Lloyd Company, it’s fantastic to be working with so many artists whose careers were directly affected by the great playwright himself.
“Danny Dyer holds dear his relationship with Harold, which started when they worked together on the playwright’s final play, Celebration; Patrick Marber directed the 40th anniversary production of The Caretaker; Celia Imrie has fond memories of playing Miss Cutts alongside Harold’s Roote in The Hothouse; Lia Williams and Nicholas Woodeson are long-term Pinter collaborators – indeed, Lia starred in Harold’s production of Mamet’s Oleanna, alongside David Suchet.”
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.
Pinter at The Pinter runs from September 6 – February 23. Buy Pinter at The Pinter theatre tickets through one of our recommended theatre ticket websites.
One for the Road, The New World Order, Mountain Language, Ashes to Ashes – September 6 – October 20
The Lover, The Collection – September 13 – October 20
Landscape, A Kind of Alaska – October 25 – December 8
Moonlight, Night School – November 1 – December 8
The Room, Family Voices, Victoria Station – December 13 – January 26
Party Time, Celebration – December 20 – January 26
A Slight Ache, The Dumb Waiter – January 31 – February 23.
Details of the special rehearsed readings of Tea Party, The Basement and Silence are to be announced at a later date.