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Pinter Two: The Lover / The Collection

Pinter Two: 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

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.

To read more about all the productions, and information on how to buy tickets, click here.


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Harold Pinter
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Cast list:
John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet, Russell Tovey

Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
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Our Pinter Two: The Lover / The Collection Review

The second part of the Pinter at the Pinter season of shorter works from the influential playwright's career sees season director Jamie Lloyd return to a pair of shorter, early plays The Collection and The Lover (originally written for television in 1961 and 1962) that he previously revived at this address in a double-bill in 2008. Then it featured a cast that comprised Gina McKee, Richard... Read more

A double bill of plays by Harold Pinter is really too good to miss even though, some might say, there's been a lot of Pinter on lately, and there's more on its way - 'The Homecoming' opens at the Almeida in early February.

Latest Pinter Two: The Lover / The Collection News & Features

Russell Tovey interview - 'Pinter audiences will be drawn in by big names, but they'll experience true theatre'
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Casting announcements for the Pinter at the Pinter season seem to come around on a weekly basis, with more and more faces of British theatre gathering to celebrate one of its great writers, Harold Pinter. As for the early productions, Pinter One and Pinter Two, there may not be a more tantalising proposition than seeing David Suchet and Russell Tovey perform alongside each other in The Collection. Suchet was a friend of Pinter’s – the playwright would see every show the actor appeared in – but Tovey discovered Pinter as he discovered theatre, aged 18.

David Suchet interview – ‘I can hear Harold Pinter’s voice in my head’
Thursday, September 6, 2018

We’re on the verge of something big at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and there is no one more excited about it than David Suchet. Jamie Lloyd has taken on the absolutely mammoth task of producing every single one-act play written by the great Harold Pinter, in a season unprecedented in scale, performed at the theatre named in his honour.

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