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Every one-act play by Harold Pinter to be staged as part of all-star West End season

Tamsin Greig and David Suchet are among the actors performing in Pinter at the Pinter
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A cast including Tamsin Greig, David Suchet and Martin Freeman have been announced for a West End season marking 10 years since the death of Harold Pinter, which will see all 20 of his one-act plays performed together for the first time.

Running across six months from September, Pinter at the Pinter will take place at the West End venue that bears the playwright’s name, led by director Jamie Lloyd.

Lloyd, whose company is co-producing the season, described the project as “an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the legacy of an icon”.

Lloyd himself will direct 11 plays across the season. These include double bills The Lover and The Collection, starring Suchet and John Macmillan, Party Time and Celebration, featuring Ron Cook, Celia Imrie, Tracy Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola, and A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, whose cast includes Freeman and Danny Dyer.

He will also direct a collection of three plays to open the season, alongside Ashes to Ashes, directed by Lia Williams.

Other directors include Patrick Marber, Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian. Marber will direct The Room, Family Voices and Victoria Station, starring Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicholas Woodeson, while Turner and Stambollouian will each direct one play, performed as part of a double bill.

Pinter’s widow, Antonia Fraser, said: “Presenting all of Harold’s one-act plays is a great adventure. It’s never been done before and I am deeply excited at the prospect of seeing them all together in one season. I do have a wistful thought: if only Harold could be here and experience it himself.

“This is the most appropriate and thrilling way to mark the 10th anniversary of his death in December 2008.”

Pinter at the Pinter runs from September 6 to February 23, 2019, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and is produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Benjamin Lowry Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

It will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben and Max Ringham.

The project is part of the Pinter 10 partnership with the British Film Institute, the Harold Pinter Estate and Faber and Faber. The BFI will commemorate the anniversary with a series of Pinter’s film and television productions.

Season at a glance

September 6 to October 20, with press night on September 28
One for the Road
The New World Order
Mountain Language
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Ashes to Ashes
Directed by Lia Williams

September 13 to October 20, with press night on September 27
The Lover
The Collection
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

October 25 to December 8, with press night on November 15
A Kind of Alaska
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

November 1 to December 8, with press night on November 16
Directed by Lyndsey Turner

Night School
Directed by Ed Stambollouian

December 13 to January 26, with press night on January 3
The Room
Family Voices
Victoria Station
Directed by Patrick Marber

December 20 to January 26, with press night on January 4
Party Time
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

January 31 to February 23, with press night on February 7
A Slight Ache
The Dumb Waiter
Directed by Jamie Lloyd

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