The theatre company announce Shomit Dutta’s darkly comic new play will be live streamed from Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday 10th September 2022.

(c)Michael Wharley.

It has been confirmed that Stumped will star Stephen Tompkinson (Brassed Off, Drop The Dead Donkey, DCI Banks, Wild at Heart) as Samuel Beckett and Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Harold Pinter in Guy Unsworth’s production. Following on from the live stream on the 10th September, the production will be available on demand from the 27th September.

Before Samuel Beckett wrote his seminal works Waiting for Godot and Endgame, he was a cricketer: he is still the only Nobel prize winner to feature in the pages of Wisden as a first-class player. His good friend and fellow Nobel prize-winning author, Harold Pinter, whose best-known works include The Birthday Party, The Dumb Waiter and The Homecoming, described cricket as ‘the greatest thing that God created’. This brilliantly witty new play is a capricious take on what the friendship between these two great men may have looked like, as well as being a tribute to their writing and their love of the game. 

Stumped playwright Shomit Dutta reviews books on cricket and classics. He has been a member of Harold Pinter’s cricket team Gaieties CC for over twenty years, and was captain during Pinter’s final years. He proposed a blue plaque for Samuel Beckett that was unveiled in 2016. Shomit said: “I’m thrilled that my play Stumped will be performed at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, produced by the wonderful, awarding-winning Original Theatre Company. I can’t wait to see the play brought to life by two highly skilled and talented actors.” 

The creative team behind the production includes: Set and Costume Designer David Woodhead, Sound Designer Dominic Bilkey, Composer Sophie Cotton and Camera Direction by North South.

To book for Stumped live streamed from Lord’s on 10 September 2022 or on demand from 27 September 2022, visit https://originaltheatreonline.com.