It is often claimed that Harold Pinter's early plays are full of menace. There is some truth in that, but here's one of his earliest with far more comedy than menace about it, even if it is set in an institution whose principal function appears to be to torture, or at least, subjugate its inmates.
Cast includes Simon Russell Beale, John Simm It’s Christmas Day in a nameless state-run mental institution where the inmates are subjected to a tirade of mindless cruelty. A maniacal and self-obsessed leader breeds a contagion of hierarchical savagery amongst his staff, who thrive on a noxious diet of delusion and deceit. 'Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humour, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when it was written in the 50’s.'
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Genre: DramaOpened 18 July 2007Written: by Harold PinterDirected: Ian RicksonProduced: National TheatreCast: Leo Bill, Finbar Lynch, Stephen Moore, Paul Ritter, Lia Williams, Henry Woolfg (Polya), Rendah Heywood (Tsvetaeva), Stephanie Jacob (Akulina), Maggie McCarthy (Stepanida), Justine Mitchell (Elena)Synopsis: This play was written in 1956 but was not produced until 1980. Set in what turns... Read more