Plays by Harold Pinter

Applicant

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Applicant, That's Your Trouble, That's All, Interview and Dialogue for Three were first presented on BBC Radio on the Third Programme between February and March 1964.

Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes was first presented by the Royal Court at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in September 1996.

The Basement

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The Basement was first presented by BBC Television in February 1967. It was first staged alongside Tea Party at the Duchess Theatre in September 1970.

Betrayal

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'There is hardly a line into which desire, pain, alarm, sorrow, rage or some kind of blend of feelings has not been compressed, like volatile gas in a cylinder less stable than it looks... Pinter's narrative method takes "what's next?" out of the spectator's and replaces it with the rather deeper "how?" and "why?" Why did love pass? How did these people cope with the lies, the evasions, the sudden dangers, panic and the contradictory feelings behind their own deftly engineered masks? The play's subject is not sex, not even adultery, but the politics of betrayal and the damage it inflicts on all involved.' The Times

First staged at the National Theatre in 1978, Betrayal was revived at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 1991. Twenty years after its first showing, it returned to the National in 1998.

The Birthday Party

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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann.  An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare.

The Birthday Party was first presented at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, in April 1958, and transferred to the Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith. It is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.

The Black and White

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The Black and White, together with Trouble in the Works, was first performed in the revue One to Another, which opened at the Lyric, Hammersmith on 15 July 1959.

The Caretaker

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It was with this play that Harold Pinter had his first major success. The obsessive caretaker, Davies, whose papers are in Sidcup, is a classic comic creation, and his uneasy relationship with the enigmatic Aston and Mick established the author’s individuality with an international audience.

The Caretaker was first presented at the Arts Theatre, London, in April 1960.

Celebration

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A restaurant. Two curved banquettes. It's a celebration. Violent, wildly funny, Harold Pinter's play displays a vivid zest for life.

Celebration premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in March 2000.

The Collection

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This one-act play for television explores the sexual manoeuvres between two couples in the clothing trade, and the combinations they devise for each other.

The Collection was first televised in May 1961, and first staged at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in June 1962.

Dialogue for Three

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Dialogue for Three, That's Your Trouble, That's All, Applicant and Interview were first presented on BBC Radio on the Third Programme between February and March 1964.

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 and they married in 1980. In 1995 he won the David Cohen British Literature Prize, awarded for a lifetime's achievement in literature. In 1996 he was given the Laurence Olivier Award for a lifetime's achievement in theatre. In 2002 he was made a Companion of Honour for services to literature. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.