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Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter at Matthews Yard Croydon

The Dumb WaiterDippermouth presents THE DUMB WAITER by Harold Pinter and Directed by Jack Gamble.

Somebody’s days are numbered. Locked in a windowless basement, two hit-men are awaiting their victim. Talking football, reading the paper, just passing the time till the kill… The minutes slip by, then suddenly the dumb waiter whirs into action.

Pinter’s black comic masterpiece has inspired the works of Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh.

Dippermouth started out at Matthews Yard, the cultural redevelopment on Surrey Street in Croydon’s Old Town, in November 2013. Following a critically-acclaimed production in the West End and another on the South Bank, they are returning to Croydon.

Their new production of Harold Pinter’s masterpiece, The Dumb Waiter, will play for eleven performances at Matthews Yard between 18th and 27th February 2014. It will be the first time they’ve returned since Not About Heroes, their touching depiction of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, was described by Croydon audiences as ‘compelling’, ‘thought provoking and entertaining’, ‘beautifully staged’ and ‘a triumph’.

Director Jack Gamble said: “Especially since the Warehouse Theatre closed in 2012, people have said that theatre in Croydon is dead. But we’re thrilled to be premiering our latest production here,’ says director Jack Gamble. ‘Croydon has a rich and important theatrical heritage, and we want that to continue and evolve. There’s a new Cultural Quarter and a burgeoning creative scene around Matthews Yard. We’re very proud to be working there, and especially excited for people to see this show.

Jack co-founded Dippermouth with Quentin Beroud, who grew up and lives in Croydon. While at Cambridge University they worked on more than forty productions, including with the Cambridge Footlights and the Marlowe Society. Now, as professional producers and directors, they aim to stage bold and accessible work in London.

Tickets for The Dumb Waiter are a tenner,” says Quentin, ‘”and it’s even cheaper for concessions. We’re want to show people that they don’t have to pay through the nose, or look too far afield, for exciting and high-quality theatre.

Dippermouth is the first theatre company in London to be offering Free First Night performances for secondary schools. Having seen their last production at Matthews Yard, Croydon students were asked to offer their feedback, and were able to ask questions, to the company directly. “It’s our way of involving other young people, especially those who might not otherwise go to the theatre, in the process of theatre-making and theatregoing,” says Jack Gamble. ‘When we did this for Scrooge & Marley at the Waterloo East Theatre, it was a first for any central London theatre we know of.

Scrooge & Marley, Dippermouth’s Christmas show and an original, two-man adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, was described in one five-star review as ‘the strongest play running this Christmas, and maybe even this year’. Bombshells, the company’s follow-up production at the Jermyn Street Theatre, starred Ellie Nunn (the daughter of Trevor Nunn and Imogen Stubbs) and was similarly lauded. ‘It is, by any standards, a tour de force … It makes for breathtaking watching’, said Bill Russell or ReviewsGate. ‘Nunn has [charisma] in abundance and brought the house to its feet.’

Dippermouth will be hoping to continue their winning streak when The Dumb Waiter opens at Matthews Yard in February.

Tuesday 18th – Thursday 27th February 2014 (not 24th)
Tuesday to Sunday 7.45pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 3.00pm
Matthews Yard, 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

Tuesday 18th – Thursday 27th February 2014 (not 24th)
Tuesday to Sunday 7.45pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 3.00pm
All tickets £10 (£9 concessions)
To book tickets, or for more information, call Dippermouth on 0207 993 54 33 or book online at


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