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The Jamie Lloyd Company announces further casting for PINTER AT THE PINTER

Harold Pinter (taken by Martin Rosenbaum)
Harold Pinter (taken by Martin Rosenbaum)

Some of the country’s most exciting young stars – Jessica Barden, Kate O’Flynn, Hayley Squires, Luke Thallon and Russell Tovey have joined the highly-anticipated Harold Pinter season Pinter at the Pinter, together with the legendary Sir Antony Sher and Penelope Wilton.

This will be first time Barden (The End of the F**king World), O’Flynn (The Glass Menagerie), Squires (I, Daniel Blake), Thallon (Albion) and Tovey (Angels in America) have performed Pinter’s work, thus introducing his plays to a whole new generation.

Russell Tovey said: “Pinter’s work brings danger and wit and sexiness and magic and coolness to the Theatre and this season will bring all of that and more, like a seriously high-end boxset binge.

Sir Antony Sher, who is also making his Pinter debut, said: “This is a very special project for me – I’ve always longed to be in a Pinter play, and now at last I’ve got my chance. And what a play this is! ONE FOR THE ROAD shows Pinter at the height of his powers, I believe. He’s taking on a truly difficult subject, torture, yet writing with such wit, danger and lightness of touch, it’s breathtaking.

Sher and Kate O’Flynn, who impressed audiences and critics alike in Anatomy of a Suicide at the Royal Court, join the previously-announced Paapa Essiedu and Maggie Steed in the explosive first evening of the season, the must-see One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes, directed by Jamie Lloyd and Lia Williams. BAFTA nominee Hayley Squires and stage and screen star Russell Tovey join John Macmillan and David Suchet in Lloyd’s playful productions of the comedic masterpieces The Lover and The Collection. Fresh from Netflix’s cult hit The End of the F**king World, Jessica Barden will lead the hilarious Pinter oddity, Night School. Following his exceptional performances in The Inheritance (Young Vic) and Albion (Almeida), Luke Thallon will feature as part of the Patrick Marber-directed The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices, with a cast including Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson. Each evening runs for a very limited number of performances.

The World Premiere production of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer, an anarchic attack on the Presidency, will be performed alongside One for the Road, The New World Order, Mountain Language and Ashes to Ashes from September 6th to October 20th, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Upon finding the sketch scrawled on one of Pinter’s writing pads, his widow, Lady Antonia Fraser commented: “I could have been reading something written today. ‘What would Harold have thought of Trump?’ People are always asking me that question. Now we know. As it were.

The role of the President will be played by a variety of surprise guest stars across the short run.

Close friend and long-term Pinter collaborator Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) will make 12 special guest appearances, performing the witty monologue, Tess, written for her by Pinter, from the 19th November as part of the performances of Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, starring Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the revered playwright’s death, Pinter at the Pinter features all twenty of Pinter’s one-act plays, running from September 2018 to February 2019.

The season is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, ATG Productions, Ben Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

About Pinter at the Pinter
Pinter at the Pinter is an unparalleled event featuring all twenty short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century, in the theatre that bears his name. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. Each play runs for a limited number of performances.

The season will be presented in repertoire by a world-class cast, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and frequent collaborators. The cast includes Keith Allen, Jessica Barden, Ron Cook, Phil Davies, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate O’Flynn, Abraham Popoola, Sir Antony Sher, John Simm, Hayley Squires, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, Luke Thallon, Russell Tovey, Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Woodeson.

Mark Rylance will make two special charity performances of Art, Truth and Politics, Pinter’s Nobel Prize Lecture, in aid of the Stop the War Coalition.

Direction is by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams, with season design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by Jon Clark and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham.

Pinter 10
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.

BFI Southbank will commemorate the anniversary with a season of Pinter’s film and television productions; Pinter on Screen: Power, Sex & Politics will take place at BFI Southbank throughout June and July. Further details can be found at www.whatson.bfi.org.uk.

About Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter was born in Hackney, London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter was lauded throughout his life as one of the greatest living playwrights, who had a revolutionary impact on how theatre was written and performed, and who it represented on stage. An establishment agitator who challenged injustice, he became as famous for his political interventions as for his writing later in his life.

His genius was recognised within his lifetime as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the European Theatre Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in addition to 18 other honorary degrees.

After working as an actor under the stage name David Baron, Pinter went on to be a theatrical playwright, director, screenwriter and actor.

He wrote his first play The Room in 1957 and from there 29 plays, including The Birthday Party, The Hothouse, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man’s Land, and Betrayal. Sketches include The Black and White, Request Stop, That’s your Trouble, Night, and Precisely.

Pinter directed 27 theatre productions, including James Joyce’s Exiles, David Mamet’s Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and scores of his own plays including his last, Celebration, paired with his first, The Room, at The Almeida Theatre, London in the spring of 2000.

In film he wrote 21 screenplays including The Pumpkin Eater, The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sleuth.

He continued to act under his own name, on stage and screen. He last acted two years before his death in 2006, when he appeared in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson.

SCHEDULE
Thursday 6 September – Saturday 20 October 2018
Press performance – Thursday 27 September 2018

One for the Road
The New World Order
Mountain Language
The Pres and an Officer
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Ashes to Ashes
Directed by Lia Williams

Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter’s most potent and dangerous political plays.

The incendiary One for The Road is Pinter at his most terrifying. A ruthless government official interrogates a dissident and his family, but is the torturer more tortured than his victims? The New World Order explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of freedom and democracy, as two brutal interrogators prepare to inflict their terrible punishment on a blind-folded insurgent. Pinter investigates the suppression of ideas and the supposed threat of non-conformity in Mountain Language: a group of captives attempt to find a voice when their shared language is banned by the state, and the World Premiere production of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer.

The evening culminates with Ashes to Ashes, a richly atmospheric and compelling play in which the dark nightmare of human atrocity infiltrates a couple’s living room. Directed by award-winning actress and long-time Pinter collaborator, Lia Williams.

Cast includes Paapa Essiedu, Kate O’Flynn, Sir Anthony Sher and Maggie Steed

Thursday 2 October – Harold Pinter’s Art, Truth and Politics Lecture performed by Mark Rylance

Thursday 13 September – Saturday 20 October 2018
Press performance – Thursday 27 September 2018

The Lover
The Collection
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Two miniature comedic masterpieces from the 1960s, The Lover and The Collection, which explore secrets, lies and seduction, are directed by ‘major Pinter interpreter’ (Financial Times), Jamie Lloyd.

Playful and provocative, The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances. The Collection, hailed as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th Century by Laurence Olivier, delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy.

Cast includes John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet and Russell Tovey

Thursday 4 October – Harold Pinter’s Art, Truth and Politics Lecture performed by Mark Rylance
Thursday 25 October – Saturday 8 December 2018
Press Night – Thursday 15 November 2018

Landscape
A Kind of Alaska
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Landscape and A Kind of Alaska, directed by Jamie Lloyd, are spellbinding evocations of loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time.

Landscape is a minimalist marvel: a woman is locked in a beautiful memory and her husband demands to be heard. In A Kind of Alaska, Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds.

Cast includes Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig
Penelope Wilton will perform Tess on 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24 (mat), 26th, 28th, 29th November and 1st (mat), 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th December
Thursday 1 November – Saturday 8 December 2018
Press Night – Friday 16 November 2018

Moonlight
Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Night School
Directed by Ed Stambollouian

The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, in which the past haunts the dark, lonely recesses of a dying father’s bedroom.

An East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.

Cast includes Jessica Barden in Night School

Thursday 13 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019
Press Night – Thursday 3 January 2019

The Room
Family Voices
Victoria Station
Directed by Patrick Marber

Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, features in a triple-bill directed by Pinter’s colleague and friend, Patrick Marber.

An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the hilarious Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices attempt to communicate, but can we ever truly express the depths of our feeling?

Cast includes Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Luke Thallon and Nicholas Woodeson

Thursday 20 December 2018 – Saturday 26 January 2019
Press Night – Friday 4 January 2019

Party Time
Celebration
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

A scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression, the highly pertinent Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration.

Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Cast includes Ron Cook, Phil Davis, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Tracy Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola and John Simm

Thursday 31 January – Saturday 23 February 2019
Press Night – Wednesday 6 February 2019

A Slight Ache
The Dumb Waiter
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

The Pinter at The Pinter season culminates with two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless.

When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora and Edward are changed forever.

Gus and Ben, two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building – but what is the cost of their quest for meaning?

A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both written in the late 1950s, are directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Cast includes Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman in The Dumb Waiter

The Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

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