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One For The Road/The New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes To Ashes

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Opening the Pinter At The Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter’s most potent and dangerous political plays. Read More >

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. The trio of opening plays are directed Jamie Lloyd.

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.

The evening will also see the world premiere production of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres And An Officer, an anarchic attack on the Presidency. The role of the President will be played by a variety of surprise guest stars across the short run.

The cast will include theatre legend Sir Anthony Sher, making his Pinter debut alongside recent Olivier Award nominee Kate O’Flynn (The Glass Menagerie). The evening also stars Paapa Essiedu, who won massive acclaim for his portrayal of Hamlet at the RSC and was recently named a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, alongside Maggie Steed (Channel 4’s Chewing Gum), who returns to The Jamie Lloyd Company having played Queen Margaret opposite Martin Freeman in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios.

Pinter At The Pinter is a unique event featuring all twenty short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. The twenty plays will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and collaborators.

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.


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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/09/2018

Opening Night: 28/09/2018

Closing Night: 20/10/2018

Running time: TBC

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Cast & Creative


Cast - Sir Antony Sher, Kate O'Flynn, Paapa Essiedu, Maggie Steed


Director - Jamie Lloyd & Lia Williams

Producer - Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions

Designer - Soutra Gilmour

Lighting Designer - Jon Clark & Richard Howell

Sound - George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham

Music By - George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham

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