Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Tickets

Harold Pinter Theatre Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
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Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Child Policy

Recommended +12.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday - 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Tickets

The second production in Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season (at the Harold Pinter Theatre) focus on some of the writer’s more scandalous works. Tickets are now on sale to see Harold Pinter’s The Lover and The Collection.

The Lover looks at the relationship between a couple, Sarah and Richard, whose domestic life has grown weary and they seek to inject some passion into their relationship, doing so not through means one might not expect. It was described as a ‘dazzling little play’ by the Financial Times when it first ran in 1963.

The Collection is set in an upmarket London as we discover whether Bill, a young fashion designer who lives with his partner Harry, had an affair with Stella, the wife of accuser James. Since its first performance in 1962, the play has starred the likes of Laurence Olivier, Helen Mirren, Lia Williams, Timothy West and Richard Coyle.

The plays will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre between 13th September and 20th October, with an official opening night on 27th September. Tickets are on sale now.

Both plays will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, the cast includes David Suchet, best known for playing detective Hercule Poirot, with further casting to be announced.

The Lover and The Collection were last part of a double bill in London in 2008, aptly staged at the Comedy Theatre which went on to be renamed after Pinter. The production was described as ‘too good to miss’ in a review by LondonTheatre.co.uk.

Harold Pinter was one of Britain’s most renowned writers who had an unrivalled influence on the theatrical landscape. Over the course of his 50 year career, he became known for his the tension and atmosphere that was unique to his style. To mark ten years since his death on Christmas Eve in 2008, The Jamie Lloyd Company are producing a season of his one-act plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre.


About The Pinter At The Pinter Season

The Jamie Lloyd Company presents a complete season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays to celebrate the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer on the 10th anniversary of his death. This unique theatrical event will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019, and promises an unforgettable celebration of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian).


Printer Two: The Lover/ The Collection Synopsis

The Lover

The Lover is revealing and provocative. A husband politely asks if his wife's lover will be coming today. She confirms that he will be and it is agreed that the husband shouldn’t return before six, during which time he will visit a prostitute. When the lover does come, he is the husband and his wife is the mistress. The lover is weary of his mistress and the wife remains disturbed by this news, confronting her husband when he returns. Suddenly the husband is not quite husband, he blurs into the lover, and the wife must seduce him now as wife, not as mistress.


The Collection

This extraordinary play analyses the subtle ways that the English exploit and manipulate each other. Stella tells her husband that while out of town at a fashion show in Leeds she slept with Bill, a young designer. The husband, James, sets out to squeeze a confession out of Bill. Initially, Bill denies everything, then changes his mind and elaborates on his tryst with Lisa. Harry, Bill’s rich protector meanwhile goes and talks to Stella, who denies everything and accuses James of making it up. Hilarious, nail-biting, and packed with menace, this is one of Pater’s comedic triumphs.


Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Child Policy

Recommended +12.

Important information

Booking Until
Sat, 20 October 2018
Cast

Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Cast

John Macmillan
Hayley Squires
David Suchet
Russell Tovey


Creatives

JAMIE LLOYD
DIRECTOR

LIA WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR

PATRICK MARBER
DIRECTOR

ED STAMBOLLOUIAN
DIRECTOR

LYNDSEY TURNER
DIRECTOR

SOUTRA GILMOUR
SEASON DESIGN

JON CLARK
LIGHTING DESIGN

LLOYD THOMAS
PRODUCTION MANAGER

GEORGE DENNIS
SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC

JOE LICHTENSTEIN
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

STUART BURT CDG
CASTING DIRECTOR

JULIA HORAN CDG
CASTING

RICHARD MAWBEY
WIGS AND HAIR DESIGNER

JONATHAN GLEW
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

RUPERT HANDS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

KATE WATERS
FIGHT DIRECTOR

AUDREY SHEFFIELD
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

POLLY BENNETT
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

RACHAEL NANYONJO
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

BINNIE BOWERMAN
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

BINNIE BOWERMAN
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

CHRISTOPHER CAHILL
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

ROSEY MORLING
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

EMILY STARR
COSTUME SUPERVISOR

RICHARD HOWELL
LIGHTING DESIGN

BEN AND MAX RINGHAM
COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN

ELLIOT GRIGGS
LIGHTING DESIGN

EMILY VAUGHAN-BARRATT FOR ATG
SEASON PRODUCER
Reviews

Pinter at the Pinter -The Lover /The Collection Critics & Reviews

Review: Pinter Two: The Lover/The Collection (Harold Pinter Theatre)

The second part of Jamie Lloyd's ambitious season at the Pinter Theatre stars David Suchet, Russell Tovey, Hayley Squires and John Macmillan

****

The mood of the Pinter at the Pinter season, a six-month season of all his short plays and sketches, changes from numbered bill to bill. At the press day, after the political fervour of the afternoon in Pinter One, came an evening in which Pinter Two yokes together two works from the 1960s, The Lover (1962) and The Collection (1961), both originally written for TV.

The mood and the colour scheme (in Soutra Gilmour's elegant designs) are bright and sophisticated. This is Pinter in funny, absurdist mode, taking an ordinary situation and turning it into something other, filling its spaces with such wonderfully embroidered language, such glee, that the everyday becomes surreal and vice versa. Both are here given highly stylised and period-specific productions by Jamie Llloyd, the man in charge of the season as a whole.

In The Lover, in a pink-walled room, complete with pot plants and a pull-down bar, a husband and wife, Richard and Sarah, (John Macmillan and Hayley Squires) engage in the rituals of a traditional, "Hello darling, I'm home", kind of marriage. But then their conversation turns to the way that Sarah spends the afternoon with her lover – "Did you show him the hollyhocks?" and Richard finds solace with a whore – "Just a common or garden slut."

Quickly it emerges that in fact this is an elaborate role play, one in which the rules are suddenly changing. Macmillan and Squires play it to the hilt, letting the language roll around their mouths; she in particular finds great range and strength in an apparently superficial role, endowing Sarah with just enough reality.

In The Collection, David Suchet (in a grey toupee and swishing cape) has enormous fun, lending even words as ordinary as "toast" vast expressive meaning. He lands on the part like a great bird, eating it up with his pleasure. He plays Harry, the rich protector of former slum boy fashion designer Bill (Russell Tovey, all muscles, swagger and perfect timing). Their life is interrupted by James (Macmillan) who believes his wife Stella (Squires, once again superbly mercurial) has had an affair with Bill.

It is all very funny, full of Pinter tropes, such as the way that James's demands – "Got any olives?" – become unsettling statements of threat. "You're not my guest, you're an intruder," Harry says, in a phrase which might sum up many of the playwright's plots. What's wonderful is the acting, which has terrific detail, and the words, so rich as to be almost like poetry. Seeing these early plays in the context of Pinter's later work, you also realise how his essential worldview sits comfortably in the domestic and the wider political sphere.

If I liked it less than Pinter One, it's because it feels more dated. But I cannot fault its commitment, or its production. With many more under-performed plays soon being staged with casts featuring actors such as John Simm, Tamsin Greig, Martin Freeman and Ron Cook (all of whom were in the audience watching the season launch), I suspect Pinter at the Pinter is going to become a collector's item.


By :Sarah Crompton

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Venue Info

Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

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Access description: Level access from street to Dress circle via ramp at the entrance and level platform to seats.2 steps up to double doors opening into the foyer. All stairs are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. No steps from the foyer to the back of the Dress Circle (2 steps between rows). 24 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 23 steps up from the foyer to the Royal Circle (with 2 steep steps between rows) and 50 steps up to the Balcony.                                                                                                                          

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 6 headsets. Headsets available from the Duty Manager. You will be asked to leave a credit card or a £10 deposit. Portable loop available in Box Office. Guide Dogs: Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at the Comedy Theatre. They can stay with you during the performances, however, you must inform the Box Office when booking your tickets and a seat on the aisle can be reserved for you. Alternatively, a member of staff will care for your dog during the performance. Disabled Access: 4 wheelchair spaces in Dress Circle. 2 transfer seats in E5 and E17

Toilets: There is no adapted toilet. It may be possible to use the toilet on the left-hand side of the auditorium, down 6 steps via a ramp and through 2 doorways, approx. 64cm wide. Women’s and men’s at Stalls, Royal Circle and Balcony. Please note, the men's toilet on the Royal Circle level is only accessible via 13 steps up from the Royal Circle Bar.

Disabled Toilets: No adapted toilet

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