The Lover / The Collection at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
The Lover / The Collection at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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Director Jamie Lloyd is considered as one of British theatre’s foremost interpreters of Harold Pinter’s work. To commemorate the writer’s legacy, The Jamie Lloyd Company is staging a five-month season of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s finest short plays, in a highly-anticipated Pinter at the Pinter Season at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre.

The Lover and The Collection have been paired together, forming a double-bill addressing the darker undercurrents of otherwise-conventional relationships. Sexual desire, seduction and secrets mingle with power dynamics in these two short, comedic masterpieces.

David Suchet stars in the double-bill, alongside John Macmillan (Chewing Gum). Suchet’s extensive film, television and theatre credits have made him a household name around the world, being best-known for his recurring role in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, as well as The Importance of Being Earnest, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Oppenheimer. Further casting includes Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Russell Tovey (Angels in America).

The Pinter at the Pinter Season is led by Jamie Lloyd, who also directs a selection of the plays presented in this season. Considered as one of Britain’s most versatile younger directors, Lloyd’s credits range from classics to musicals, including two residencies at Trafalgar Studios with his season of plays in Trafalgar Transformed.

Honouring Harold Pinter’s legacy a decade after his death, the season is a fitting tribute to the impact he had on British theatre. With star-studded casts and stellar creative teams, these plays should not be missed. Comedies The Lover / The Collection play in rep with One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes. The production runs from 13 September to 20 October 2018, with a press night on 27 September 2018.

Recommended for

Harold Pinter devotees and those with a particular interest in 20th century British theatre will want to catch these rarely-produced short plays by one of the country’s leading modern dramatists.

Age Recommendations: No under 5's

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 13 Sep 2018
Press night: 27 Sep 2018
Booking from: 20 Oct 2018
Booking until: 20 Oct 2018

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

19 Reviews Add review

Excellent acting in these two amusing plays. The sets were clever - the lighting effects worked very well in the first one, and th... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A great set of plays with a stand out performance from Hayley Squires who was in both. Play 2 The Collection was great as Suchet a... More

barrythompson1 53 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The second of Pinter's one act short plays is quite a comical, surreal experience. David Suchet is by far and away the stand out p... More

joc78 5"4, 297 reviews, 4 helpful votes

emmabetty 5'10'', 156 reviews, 9 helpful votes

A good showcase of Pinter's lighter work: funny, surreal, unpredictable. David Suchet was awesome.

laurafoulger 5'4", 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Two contrasting but very funny Pinter plays: dark humour as usual.

palelylaura 5'10", 117 reviews, 8 helpful votes

We particularly enjoyed The Collection. The Lover, played in a highly stylised fashion, appeared dated, of its time though the dif... More

elizabethbarry 1 review, 0 helpful votes

4 stars for The Collection, The Lovers was good but thought what was the point. Tovey and Suchet bouncing off each other add the m... More

davebradford 5'11, 41 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found the Lover quite pointless, despite somewitty dialogue - guess Pinter not for me! The Collection was better, but still quit... More

federicas 1 review, 0 helpful votes