Pinter at the Pinter

Saturday 12 May 2018

Authors, playwrights & plays - London West End - Seasons

The Jamie Lloyd Company presents a season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays on the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner's death, performed at the theatre that bears his name - from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.
Pinter at the Pinter at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Image: Jamie Lloyd Company

There's an unmissable, mega treat in store for lovers of the work of Harold Pinter ...

The Jamie Lloyd Company is presenting a complete season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays to celebrate the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer on the 10th anniversary of his death.

The plays have never been performed together in a season of this kind and will be presented in repertoire by a company of world-class creatives, many of whom were Harold Pinter's friends and collaborators.

The cast includes ...

Ron Cook, Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola, David Suchet and Nicholas Woodeson, with further casting to be announced.

Direction is by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner, Ed Stambollouian and Lia Williams.

Featuring the famous works A Kind of Alaska, One for the Road, The Dumb Waiter, The Lover and The Collection, Pinter at the Pinter promises an unforgettable celebration of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian).

The season will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019.

Below you'll find a breif summary of each of the double, triple or quadruple bills (7 of them in total) together with dates.

Booking is now open - you'll find links to all performances from the main Pinter at the Pinter page on our ticket site.

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

Dates: 06/09/18 - 20/10/18

Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season is a dynamic collection of Harold Pinter's most potent and dangerous political plays, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

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.

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.

Casting to be announced.

The Lover / The Collection

Dates: 13/09/18 - 20/10/18

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 David Suchet.

Landscape / A Kind Of Alaska

Dates: 25/10/18 - 08/12/18

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 Tamsin Greig.

Moonlight / Night School

Dates: 01/11/18 - 8/12/18

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.

Casting to be announced. 

The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices

Dates: 13/12/18 - 26/01/18

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 Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Nicholas Woodesen.

Party Time / Celebration

Dates: 20/12/18 - 26/01/19

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 Celia Imrie, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola.

A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter

Dates: 31/01/19 - 23/02/19

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, Martin Freeman.


Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street

London SW1Y 4DN


6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019


From £20

Buy tickets for Pinter at the Pinter season


Harold Pinter - Wikipedia

Jamie Lloyd Company

Book tickets for ...

Buy tickets for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre