Opened 7 Oct 2008
Written: by Harold Pinter
Directed: Rupert Goold
Cast: Michael Gambon (Hirst), David Bradly (Spooner), David Walliams (Foster), Nick Dunning (Briggs)
Produced: Royal Court
Synopsis: Tragicomic gem about two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner. After meeting on Hampstead Heath, they return home for a late-night session of witty banter, sinister power games, and the worship of alcohol, watched by Hirst’s henchman, Briggs and Foster. This haunting play is part mystery drama, part homage to the ghosts of the past and the fiction of memory.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "This is chilling, thrilling Pinter in dream-land, relieved by flashes of sardonic amusement." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Every production of Harold Pinter's tantalising, poetic play yields new meanings.In Goold's hands it becomes a play about a man who steps off the Hampstead streets into a living limbo...a compelling revival." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Superb new production...Even after three decades I cannot claim fully to understand this haunting drama that proves by turns funny, scary, and resonantly poetic, but I have no doubt that it is one of the handful of indisputable modern classics that Pinter has written, and a piece that will haunt and tantalise the memory of all who see it." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Sensitive yet bold and funny revival."
Production photo by Tristram Kenton