Andy lies dying in his bed. As his wife, Bel, tries desperately to bring his estranged son to his side his thoughts turn to his youth, loves, lust and fears, whilst the hanuting presence of the things they have all lost swirl in the dark lonely spaces of this suburban household.
A tragic comedy of family dysfunction, Moonlight is one of Harold Pinter’s most human and poignant plays suffused with universal emotions: the cold dread of death; the pain of separation from loves ones; the longing for reunion; and the continuity of the family.
Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008, was a giant of modern playwriting whose 29 works, in addition to Moonlight, include, The Birthday Park, The Caretaker, The Hothouse, The Dumb Waiter, Betrayal, No Man’s Land and The Homecoming, all of which have been revived in London of late. He also wrote 20 screenplays, including The French Lieutenant’s Woman, and was also a director and actor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
Moonlight is directed by Bijan Sheibani, a young director who has increasingly been making his mark in London with productions of The Brothers Size (Young Vic), Our Class (National Theatre) and the Laurence Olivier Award-winning Gone Too Far at the Royal Court.