Pinter One: One for the Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language / Ashes to Ashes / The Pres and an Officer
Harold Pinter Theatre
Opening the Pinter at the Pinter season is a dynamic collection of his most potent and dangerous political plays. The incendiary One for the Road is Pinter at his most terrifying: a ruthless government official interrogates a dissident and his family, but is the torturer more tortured than his victims? The New World Order explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of freedom and democracy, as two brutal interrogators prepare to inflict their terrible punishment on a blind-folded insurgent. Pinter investigates the suppression of ideas and the supposed threat of non-conformity in Mountain Language: a group of captives attempt to find a voice when their shared language is banned by the state. Ashes to Ashes, directed by award-winning actress and long-time Pinter collaborator, Lia Williams is a richly atmospheric and compelling play in which the dark nightmare of human atrocity infiltrates a couple’s living room. The world premiere of Pinter’s newly-discovered satirical sketch, The Pres and an Officer, an anarchic attack on the Presidency, will be performed by a variety of surprise guest stars across the short run, directed by Jamie Lloyd. Cast includes Paapa Essiedu, Kate O'flynn, Antony Sher, Jonjo O’Neill and Maggie Steed. A special pre-show charity performance of Pinter’s Nobel Lecture Art, Truth and Politics will be performed by Mark Rylance at 6pm Tuesday 2 October in aid of Stop the War. Photo credit: Marc Brenner 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).