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    An ideal introduction to Harold Pinter
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The Jamie Lloyd Company present a five-month-long Pinter at the Pinter Season, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer, Harold Pinter. With star-studded casts, Jamie Lloyd joins together with some of the country’s leading creative teams to present a series of the playwright’s short works, including hilarious double-bill Party Time / Celebration.

Celebration is Pinter’s final play, and it is paired with the incredibly witty Party Time in this double-bill of satirical comedies that are a scathing attack on the wealthy and their warped priorities. With political undertones and plenty of digs at the vulgar materialism of the super-elite, these two plays are particularly relevant to modern day life.

Casting includes Celia Imrie, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola. Imrie is best-known for her film work, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Calendar Girls, whilst recent stage credits include the Old Vic’s King Lear.

Oberman most recently appeared on stage in Present Laughter at Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as in Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre, whilst recent graduate Abraham Popoola last appeared on stage in Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre. Casting also includes John Simm, Gary Kemp, Ron Cook and Phil Davis.

This completely unique season runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season, from September 2018 to February 2019. A celebratory event that acknowledges some of Pinter’s lesser-known works and stages his finest short plays, Party Time / Celebration is the sixth double-bill to feature in the season. The production runs from 20 December 2018 to 26 January 2019, with a press night on 4 January 2019.

Performance dates: 25 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019

Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (with interval)

Age recommendation: No under 5s. Recommended 14+

Special notice: Biting social critique in modern British theatre and Pinter’s trademark writing style has a broad appeal. Audiences who value definitive, British performance and social commentary won’t want to miss this season.

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Latest audience reviews

Two short Pinter plays with a delectable cast including John Simm, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Ron Cook,... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer20 Jan 2019

Two short Pinter plays with a delectable cast including John Simm, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Ron Cook, Phil Davis and Tracey Ann Oberman. Both these plays are very good and terrifically acted. Going against the 'norm' of most Pinter plays being quite dark, these two plays were quite funny (even though there were dark undertones). A real treat

joc78 Top 10 reviewer20 Jan 2019

Only the two plays tonight, and we started - dramatically - with Party Time. Classical music soars as... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer20 Jan 2019

Only the two plays tonight, and we started - dramatically - with Party Time. Classical music soars as the curtain is raised on a line of eight, sat facing the audience, and dressed in black. Oh, I do like the dramatic. What follows is, I guess, a scathing attack on middle-class social chitchat, as various combinations of guests chat inanely, and reveal themselves as a collection of snobs, including a Stepford wife - and one woman at the end of the row, who keeps asking about her brother, Jimmy, only to be shushed continuously by her contemptuous husband. Cue the dramatic entrance, at the end, of an uninvited guest.. The second half was Celebration, which was much more accessible - similar to the first, in that a group is facing the audience, in this case they're dressed more brightly, for one thing. Very TOWIE, in fact, with spangly dresses, big hair, and showy jewellery. A family celebration, interrupted by meeting a couple they know, as well as funny interjections by staff members. Great fun!

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer20 Jan 2019

Party Time was particularly gripping and a bit terrifying. Use of music and lighting to support the atmosphere... More

emilygami Top 50 reviewer21 Dec 2018

Party Time was particularly gripping and a bit terrifying. Use of music and lighting to support the atmosphere was fantastic. Celebration was also very well written although lacked the usual Pinter subtlety.

emilygami Top 50 reviewer21 Dec 2018

This whole Pinter season has been outstanding, and this episode didn't disappoint. Excellent direction,... More

jenniepollock 09 Jan 2019

This whole Pinter season has been outstanding, and this episode didn't disappoint. Excellent direction, set design and of course acting.

jenniepollock 09 Jan 2019

Absolutely loved the show, the performances are incredible, and the writing is so, so funny and moving. More

Britgoddess 01 Jan 2019

Absolutely loved the show, the performances are incredible, and the writing is so, so funny and moving.

Britgoddess 01 Jan 2019
nataliaivlikova 24 Jan 2019
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