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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter’s death, The Jamie Lloyd Company pay tribute to his extraordinary legacy, which transformed modern theatre. Paying tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, director Jamie Lloyd heads up the Pinter at the Pinter Season, which stages over fifteen of his short plays at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre.

Although many of Pinter’s plays take a dark, sinister tone, Lloyd has grouped together four of his more ominous, political works in one opening triple-bill, One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes. One for the Road highlights the use of torture by government officials and The New World Order similarly looks at abuse of power, as two interrogators prepare to punish a vulnerable dissident. In Ashes to Ashes, a couple struggle to keep the brutal reality of modern life out of their home.

Multi-award-winning actress Lia Williams directs the triple-bill, after most recently appearing in the Almeida’s Mary Stuart, which later transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre. The British actress’ credits also include Robert Icke’s Oresteia and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, whilst her screen appearances include The Crown and The Missing. Williams also previously worked with Harold Pinter and has directed several short films.

Jamie Lloyd has directed a huge range of styles, from classical theatre to new work. He has been described as a leading Pinter director, becoming friends with the writer before his death. Lloyd has assembled a fantastic creative team to take on this series of double-bills celebrating Pinter’s legacy, making this a special season not to be missed. Casting for this collection of plays includes Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet, Kiri), Maggie Steed (Chewing Gum), Kate O' Flynn and Sir Antony Sher.

With a star-studded cast, the season opens with the most provocative of the playwright’s short plays. One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes opens the season, playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September to 20 October 2018, with a press night on 28 September 2018.

Performance dates: 20 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

Special notice: Those that value Jamie Lloyd’s distinctive approach to directing will want to make sure they catch this season. Anyone who is a fan of Harold Pinter and modern British theatre also will not want to disregard this season of his rarely-produced plays.

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A masterclass in acting particularly from Paapa Essiedu as he appears in most of these short plays. Sir... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer20 Sep 2018

A masterclass in acting particularly from Paapa Essiedu as he appears in most of these short plays. Sir Anthony Sher should get a mention for his portrayal of an evil, sadistic, torturous and rather slimy bully in 'One for the Road' which was incredibly tough to watch but you could hear a pin drop in the audience when the short play was on stage. However, what with it being a Pinter play, I did struggle to know what all of the content was about.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer20 Sep 2018

Rather glad I bought a programme - they don't tell you much, but they at least give the running order,... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer19 Sep 2018

Rather glad I bought a programme - they don't tell you much, but they at least give the running order, and tell you when the interval is! And this is useful, because if you think the number of plays in the title is large - wait till you get there! They haven't listed half of them. For instance, we start with Press Conference, followed by Precisely, neither of which was expected from the title. We get New World Order (with some nudity) and Mountain Language, and then a poem "American Football", followed by The Pres and an Officer, another poem "Death", and finish the first act with One for the Road. The second act is completely taken up with Ashes to Ashes. As was remarked at the interval, the shower of confetti at the start is very un-Pinter-esque! Never fear, it gets darker from there - much darker, as Pinter pokes at the sensitive bits of tyranny and hypocrisy. Press Conference, for instance, has the former head of the secret police now elected Minister for Culture! (The confetti is for him.) Imagine what he'll do with the role. Precisely has a couple of besuited gentlemen discussing the exact magnitude of a number whose significance becomes clearer as the play progresses. New World Order is set in a prison cell - hope you never get sent there. Mountain Language - the people's language is banned, along with more of their rights. A couple of digs at America, specifically, then - "American Football" is an all-American interlude, followed by quite a funny take on a certain president... we thought it was a bit too relevant to recent events to be Pinter, but no, it seems he was quite prescient! The Pres and an Officer was a posthumously discovered play. For me, however, the event of the night was One for the Road - I'm sure I've seen it somewhere before, and indeed this harrowing story is not one you'd forget in a hurry. You hope never to meet this most creepy interviewer. The same couple that appear in that play also star in Ashes to Ashes, after the break - a (slightly) lighter piece, where he tries to get her to come clean about what she's really feeling. A very dark evening, and not for everyone - several people left at the interval, including the couple beside me, which was handy for having a spare seat for my coat! Me, I love dark and intense, and that's exactly what this combination of plays is. Definitely not an easy watch, even for me - I don't think even I breathed during the last five minutes of the first act. Terrific acting throughout, everyone appearing in several of the pieces. Special mention, I think we all agreed, for Paapa Essiedu, who played a blinder as both victim and oppressor, and frequently stole the show when he was on stage. Mind you, my second choice would be the aforementioned creepy interviewer...

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer19 Sep 2018

I'm not a huge fan of these plays, and prefer Pinter's other work, but the performances were superb.

Britgoddess 02 Jan 2019

Incredible show. Paapa Essiedu was especially wonderful!

georginascott 21 Sep 2018

Excellent acting, selection of strong but rather disturbing plays.

palelylaura Top 100 reviewer26 Sep 2018
jacksr 17 Feb 2019
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