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Russell Tovey, Hayley Squires, John Macmillan, David Suchet and Jamie Lloyd in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Pinter One and Pinter Two: in rehearsals

Published 6 September 2018

Marking the 10th anniversary of the revered playwright’s death, the remarkable Pinter at the Pinter season begins tonight at the Harold Pinter Theatre, in a landmark theatrical event.

Featuring all of Pinter’s short plays, alongside a selection of his poems and sketches, the season’s cast is truly world-class. Take, for example, the first two line-ups: Pinter One (One For The Road/The New World Order/Mountain Language/The Pres And The Officer/Ashes To Ashes) and Pinter Two (The Lover/The Collection) star the likes of Antony Sher, Kate O’Flynn, Paapa Essiedu, and Maggie Steed, and David Suchet, Hayley Squires, Russell Tovey, John Macmillan, respectively.

The event is also unparalleled in scope, with every short play performed in the theatre bearing Harold Pinter’s name. Just take a look at the star-studded snaps from the rehearsal room below.

Antony Sher in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Antony Sher in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Paapa Essiedu and Kate O'Flynn in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Paapa Essiedu and Kate O’Flynn in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Director Lia Williams in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Director Lia Williams in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Maggie Steed in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Maggie Steed in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Paapa Essiedu and Kate O'Flynn in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Paapa Essiedu and Kate O’Flynn in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Jonjo O'Neill and Maggie Steed in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Jonjo O’Neill and Maggie Steed in rehearsal for Pinter One (Photo: Marc Brenner)

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, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Abraham Popoola, Antony Sher, John Simm, Hayley Squires, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, Meera Syal, Luke Thallon, Russell Tovey, Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Woodeson.

Also forming part of the season, 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.

Russell Tovey in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Russell Tovey in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

John Macmillan and Hayley Squires in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

John Macmillan and Hayley Squires in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Russell Tovey and David Suchet in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Russell Tovey and David Suchet in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

John Macmillan, Russell Tovey, David Suchet and Jamie Lloyd in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

John Macmillan, Russell Tovey, David Suchet and Jamie Lloyd in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

David Suchet and Russell Tovey in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

David Suchet and Russell Tovey in rehearsal for Pinter Two (Photo: Marc Brenner)

You can book tickets through us for each of the evenings in the season: the season opens with One For The Road/The New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes To Ashes, followed by The Lover/The CollectionLandscape/A Kind of Alaska/Monologue, Moonlight/Night School, The Room/Victoria Station/Family VoicesParty Time/Celebration, and finally A Slight Ache/The Dumb Waiter.

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