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    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.

    Performance dates: 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019

    Running time: 2 hours (including interval)

    Age recommendation: No under 5s

    Special notice: 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.

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    Latest Audience Reviews

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

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer28 Feb 2019

    This has been one of my favourite short plays from the Harold Pinter Season, in particular 'The Dumb Waiter' starring the unlikely pairing of Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman. Bizarrely, for a Pinter play, it was quite easy to follow and I found it hilarious in parts. You didn't get your normal West End theatre going audience in for this production which can only be a good thing if it opens up a new type of audience to theatre.

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer28 Feb 2019

    A good laugh, both plays were funny in their own way, I preferred The Dumb Waiter because I had... More

    susanclements 23 Feb 2019

    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 Freeman, they were good together. I found A Slight Ache to be very wordy and the end was rather weird.

    susanclements 23 Feb 2019

    This is very quintessential Pinter, full of sinister pauses and suspense. I preferred A Slight A... More

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer23 Feb 2019

    This is very quintessential Pinter, full of sinister pauses and suspense. I preferred A Slight Ache and really enjoyed the staging as a radio play. The Dumb Waiter was less engaging although very well acted.

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer23 Feb 2019

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

    VixChap 11 Feb 2019

    My second Pinter performance. A Slight Ache was brilliant kept me on my seat through out and The Dumb Waiter the chemistry between the two characters was great. The actors brought the play to life, it felt like you were the third person on the stage.

    VixChap 11 Feb 2019

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

    markh25 10 Feb 2019

    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, the woman behind me said, pretty loudly, 'Oh, my god!' Summed the evening up.

    markh25 10 Feb 2019

    Really outstanding acting by all four cast members here. The first play is classic Pinter oddness... More

    jenniepollock 22 Feb 2019

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

    jenniepollock 22 Feb 2019
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