It has been confirmed that the Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions will present a season of Harold Pinter’s one act plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 6th September until the 23rd February 2019.
Marking the 10th anniversary since the playwright’s death, Pinter at the Pinter will present twenty short plays written by Harold Pinter – which have never been presented together in this way before.
Talking about the news 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.”
Each of the plays will be presented in repertoire at the theatre from the 6th September and will feature a cast including: 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. Meanwhile, each of the plays will be directed by the likes of Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams.
In response to the news Lady Antonia Fraser, Harold Pinter’s widow 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 season will celebrate the range the playwright’s career, opening with a 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 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, whilst the Landscape and A Kind of Alaska will star Tamsin Greig. There is also 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.