A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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About the show

The Jamie Lloyd Company produces a monumental five-month-long season of double-bills and short plays at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre, as part of a celebratory Pinter at the Pinter Season. Paying tribute to the writer’s legacy 10 years after his death, this strictly limited season runs from September 2018 to February 2019, featuring a variety of lesser-known plays and his finest works.

Comedic double-bill A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter is the season’s finale, both of which explore the dynamics between the politically powerful and powerless. In A Slight Ache, a couple wrestle with ageing, the unknown aspects of their future and the perceived threat an outsider poses on their lives.

The Dumb Waiter is the comedic masterpiece that sees two hit-men wait in a derelict building for details of their next job. As the titular dumb waiter produces increasingly bizarre requests, the men realise that there might be more to their next hit than they expect.

Casting includes Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman. Dyer is best-known for his recurring role in EastEnders, whilst his stage credits include The Homecoming at the Almeida Theatre and No Man’s Land at the National Theatre. Freeman is well-known for his extensive screen credits, including The Hobbit series and Sherlock, whilst he most recently appeared on stage in James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Both short plays are directed by Jamie Lloyd, who helms the entire season. Known for his exciting adaptations of classical plays, Lloyd is celebrated for appealing to diverse theatre audiences. As a young director, he honed his talent at the Sheffield Crucible, with his first main-stage production being Pinter’s The Caretaker. Other recent credits include Guards at the Taj, Apologia and Killer.

This season of plays is a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s finest writers who has left a lasting legacy in world theatre. With a stellar creative team across the entire season, A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter is guaranteed to be a fitting season finale. The production runs at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from 31 January 2019, with a press night on 6 February 2019.

Recommended for

Those dedicated to modern British theatre and interested in Harold Pinter’s lesser-known works won’t want to miss this spectacular season produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company.

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including interval)
Opened: 31 Jan 2019
Press night: 06 Feb 2019
Booking from: 22 Feb 2019
Booking until: 23 Feb 2019

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

55 Reviews Add review

This has been one of my favourite short plays from the Harold Pinter Season, in particular 'The Dumb Waiter' starring the unlikely... More

joc78 5"4, 386 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A good laugh, both plays were funny in their own way, I preferred The Dumb Waiter because I had gone to see Danny Dyer and Martin... More

susanclements 5ft 3, 68 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This is very quintessential Pinter, full of sinister pauses and suspense. I preferred A Slight Ache and really enjoyed the staging... More

emilydiver 5"0, 264 reviews, 15 helpful votes

My second Pinter performance. A Slight Ache was brilliant kept me on my seat through out and The Dumb Waiter the chemistry between... More

VixChap 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The first play was strange and unsettling; as to the second, when the lights came up and Freeman and Dyer were there on the stage,... More

markh25 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really outstanding acting by all four cast members here. The first play is classic Pinter oddness, but somehow didn't grab me, but... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A Slight Ache has some incredible performances, but I felt as though the script was lacking behind. The Dumb Waiter, however, was well... More

christierney777 5"9, 179 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A Slight Ache - the actors accents representing the 1900’s were good, the story was riveting. Interesting ending! The Dumb Waiter... More

JasonNicholson 6ft, 5 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Two Pinter one act plays split by the interval, both packed with typical Pinter wit and delivered well by the cast. Particularly good... More

jaimecretten 5 "9, 119 reviews, 1 helpful vote