Further casting announced for Pinter at the Pinter

Further casting announced for Pinter at the Pinter

Posted On: Jun 21, 2018
By Spencer Rust
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    Keith Allen, Phil Davis, Paapa Essiedu, Rupert Graves, Gary Kemp, John Simm and Maggie Steed have joined the extraordinary company of Pinter at the Pinter, an unprecedented season featuring all twenty of Harold Pinter’s one-act plays, running from September 2018 to February 2019, to mark the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize winner’s death. The plays are directed by Jamie Lloyd, Patrick Marber, Ed Stambollouian, Lyndsey Turner and Lia Williams, with design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark and Richard Howell, and sound and music by George Dennis and Ben & Max Ringham. Further casting to be announced.

    The highly-anticipated season will open with Pinter’s incendiary political works One For The Road/ New World Order/ Mountain Language/ Ashes to Ashes, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and Ashes to Ashes directed by Lia Williams, who is currently wowing critics and audiences alike in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Donmar Warehouse. The cast will include 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. These plays will be performed in rep - for 26 performances only - with the playful and provocative miniature masterpieces The Lover/ The Collection, which feature stage and screen legend David Suchet and John Macmillan (Edmund in BBC2’s recent King Lear).

    Director Lia Williams said: 'I was knocked out when The Jamie Lloyd Company asked me to direct the electrifying Ashes to Ashes and I’m thrilled to be working with the hugely talented Paapa Essiedu. Harold meant the world to me. He could be funny, lacerating and as sensitive as a butterfly all at once. I’ve acted in seven of Harold’s plays; he has been one of my greatest influences in the theatre. This is a very personal endeavour. I will do my best for you, Harold.'

    John Simm (Doctor Who, Collateral), Gary Kemp and Ron Cook are reunited with Jamie Lloyd having appeared in his critically-acclaimed production of Pinter’s The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios. They will appear alongside BAFTA nominee Phil Davis (Vera Drake, RSC’s A Christmas Carol), Celia Imrie, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola in Party Time / Celebration.

    Keith Allen (Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Jamie Lloyd Company’s The Homecoming) joins Tamsin Greig in Landscape / A Kind of Alaska, directed by Jamie Lloyd, whilst Rupert Graves (Sherlock, Krypton) will join Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi and Nicolas Woodeson in The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices, directed by Patrick Marber, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. Rupert Graves is reunited with Patrick Marber, who directed him in the 40th-anniversary production of Pinter’s The Caretaker in the West End, as well as Marber’s seminal play, Closer, on Broadway. 

    Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd said: 'Harold’s early sketches are as hilarious as his later poems are searing and provocative. As we raise a glass to the great man on what would have been his 88th birthday with some of his close friends and colleagues, I’m keen to acknowledge the extraordinary depth and breadth of his groundbreaking work.' Click here to see the complete season of productions and book Pinter at the Pinter tickets.

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