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Complete guide to the Pinter at the Pinter cast

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Complete guide to the Pinter at the Pinter cast

The Pinter at the Pinter season has now finished.

To mark the 10 year anniversary since of the death of one of Britain’s most extraordinary writers, Jamie Lloyd staged Harold Pinter’s one-act plays in a special Pinter at the Pinter season, at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

17 plays were performed over 7 different productions. Read all about the line-up that took part in the season which ran from 6th September 2018 until 23rd February 2019.

Pinter at the Pinter season

Pinter One: One For The Road/ New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes/ The Pres and an Officer

Pinter One was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6th September to 20th October.

Paapa Esseidu joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012 and has performed the title role in an acclaimed production of Hamlet, and Edmund in King Lear. In 2016, he received the Ian Charleson award for these performances, acknowledging the best classical stage performance by actors under 30.

Kate O’Flynn joins the cast, after winning the Critics’ Circle’s Jack Tinker Award for most promising newcomer for her performance in Port, a 2013 production at the National Theatre. O’Flynn then returned to the National Theatre in 2014 for A Taste of Honey, alongside Lesley Sharp.

Jonjo O’Neill has notable credits with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and the title role in Richard II at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Two-time Olivier Award winner, Antony Sher has gained particular notoriety with performing Shakespeare works including Macbeth, Henry VI and The Winter’s Tale. Sher reprised the title role in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2018, after a successful run in 2016.

In recent appearances, Maggie Steed has starred in Florence Foster Jenkins and Paddington 2, as well as Sky1 hit Stella starring alongside Ruth Jones. Steed’s performance in the Pinter season sees her return to the theatre after an eight-year gap, where she last performed in Hay Fever at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2010.

Pinter Two: The Lover/ The Collection

Pinter Two was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 13th September to 20th October.

John Macmillan has starred in New Tricks for the BBC, Hang Ups for Channel 4 and The Dark Knight Rises. On stage, he has played Victor in Yerma at the Young Vic and has worked under Jamie Lloyd’s direction as Joey in The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios.

Earning global acclaim as Hercule Poirot in the major TV series based on Agatha Christie’s novels, David Suchet was appointed a CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to drama. Joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973, Suchet went on to play Bolingbroke in Richard II. He has also starred in Oleanna at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Harold Pinter.

Hayley Squires is best recognised for her role in I, Daniel Blake, a film which won best British film at the 2017 Baftas. She recently appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre alongside Sienna Miller.

Russell Tovey made his theatrical debut in 2000 and since then has gone on to star in a number of productions including A View from a Bridge at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. He also played Peter Rudge in the West End premiere of The History Boys, which he has performed in productions across the world. Last year, he played Joe Pitt in a critically acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre.

Pinter Three: Landscape/A Kind of Alaska

Pinter Three was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 25th October to 8th December.

Tamsin Greig is known for appearing as Jackie in Friday Night Dinner for Channel 4. On stage, she has recently starred in Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, where she received for a nomination for best actress in a musical at the 2015 Oliviers.

Keith Allen previously performed in Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room at the Almeida Theatre in 2000.  Allen’s last stage credit was in 2013 in a revival of Smack Family Robinson at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames.

Penelope Wilton will celebrate her 50th year in theatre in 2019. Winning the best actress award at the 2015 Oliviers for her performance as Irmgard Litten in Taken at Midnight, Wilton has made plenty of film appearances, including Calendar Girls, Pride and Prejudice and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Best-known as a stand-up comedian, Lee Evans made his stage debut in 2004, starring as Clov in Endgame and Leo Bloom in The Producers shortly after. Playing comic roles falls naturally to Evans, and he has performed Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter in 2007 and is coming out of retirement to appear in the season.

Appearing on stage and screen, Meera Syal is best known for her work in The Kumars at No. 42. She is a co-writer for Bombay Dreams alongside Andrew Lloyd-Webber and A.R. Rahman. In 2017, Syal played Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Tom Edden originated the role of Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors alongside James Corden. He was part of the cast when it transferred to Broadway, and he was nominated for a Tony Award. He has also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Les Miserables and the recent production of Amadeus at the National Theatre.

Pinter Four: Moonlight/ Night School

Pinter Four was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 1st November to 8th December.

Currently, Jessica Barden is most famous for starring as Alyssa in the BAFTA-nominated The End of the F***ing World on Channel 4 and Netflix. In 2009, Barden appeared as Pea in the premiere of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre, before transferring to the Apollo Theatre in 2010.

Three time Olivier-award nominee Bríd Brennan originated the role of Agnes Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa. She played this role in Dublin, the West End and on Broadway where she won a Tony Award for her performance. More recently, she has played Aunt Maggie Far Away in The Ferryman and Kate Keller in All My Sons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. 

Janie Dee is a twice Olivier award winner. She has won an Olivier award for best actress in a play for her performance as Jacie Triplethree in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential and best actress in a musical for her performance in Carousel at the National Theatre. Recent credits include Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies at the National Theatre and Hello Dolly at the Leicester Curve, where she played Dolly Levi.

Best known for playing Nicholas Blake in Spooks, Robert Glenister has also starred in Hustle and A Touch of Frost. On stage, Glenister has appeared in Uncle Vanya at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as playing Dave Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre.

Isis Hainsworth is known for performing in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the Duke of York’s Theatre. She has also appeared in Harlots, The Victim and Wanderlust. 

Known for playing Chris in Birds of a Feather, Peter Polycarpou was also a part of the original cast of Les Miserables and has also played the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. In 2017, he starred as Ahmed Qurie in Oslo at the National Theatre, also performing in its West End transfer at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Dwane Walcott‘s recent theatre credits include One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse and the Iphigenia Quartet. He has also starred in a number of performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company including Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus.

Al Weaver has recently announced he will reprise his role as Leonard Finch in Grantchester for its fourth series. On screen, he currently plays James Edwards in current BBC drama Press. On stage, he has performed in Coram Boy at the National Theatre. 

Abbie Finn will also be lending her drumming talents and live onstage percussion to the run of Night School. 

Pinter Five: The Room/ Victoria Station/ Family Voices

Pinter Five was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 13th December to 26th January.

Nicholas Woodesen performed Pinter’s The Birthday Party in 1994 and 2008, as well as The Homecoming in 1991 and 2011. Recently, Woodesen took over performing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 2017 after the death of Tim Pigott-Smith. Woodesen was nominated for a UK Theatre Award as best actor in a leading role for his performance.

Best known for playing DI Lestrade in hit BBC series Sherlock, Rupert Graves has also received an Olivier nomination for best actor for his performance as Eddie in Hurlyburly at the Old Vic.

Jane Horrocks became a household name with Absolutely Fabulous where she played Bubbles as well as The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which was written especially for her. In recent years, Horrocks has appeared in Trollied for Sky 1 alongside Stephanie Beacham.

Emma Naomi is best known for her performances in House Girl and Pacalu.

Luke Thallon has recently appeared as John in Cock at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Gabriel in Albion at the Almeida Theatre.

Pinter Six: Party Time/ Celebration

Pinter Six was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 20th December until 26th January 2019.

Tracy-Ann Oberman gained television fame on Eastenders, playing Chrissie Watts. In a theatre career over 25 years, Oberman’s credits include Gretchen in Boeing! Boeing! in 2007, Absurd Person Singular in 2011 and Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2017, where she tap danced her way across the stage with a cast including Angela Griffin and Amanda Holden.

2016 RADA graduate Abraham Popoola has recently appeared as the title role in Othello at the Tobacco Factory, where he won the Stage Debut Award for best actor in a play.

Celia Imrie is known for her television performances with Victoria Wood in Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies, as well as starring in Bridget Jones’s Diary. On stage, she has recently performed in Noises Off at the Old Vic and a 2016 run of King Lear at the same theatre.

Ron Cook has performed in shows such as Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, Faith Healer at the Donmar Warehouse and also appeared in the original production of Our Country’s Good.

Best known for appearing in Life on Mars and Doctor Who, John Simm has had a successful career across stage and screen, recently starring in Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre.

Phil Davis has a career stretching over 40 years, but in recent years he has appeared in Sherlock, Silk, Poldark and Being Human. Last Christmas, he played Scrooge in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Best known for being a member of Spandau Ballet, Gary Kemp has a long list of film credits including Lewis, The Bodyguard and Assassin. He performed in a 2015 production of Pinter’s The Homecoming.

Katherine Kingsley has won three Olivier awards over her career for roles including Marlene Dietrich in Piaf, Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and took on the role of Dusty Springfield in a UK tour of Dusty alongside Rufus Hound.

Soon to join the cast of The Walking Dead, Eleanor Matsuura has starred in Sherlock as Detective Inspector Hopkins and Baron Chau in Into the Badlands. Recently, she has played Helena in Bull at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre. 

Pinter Seven: The Dumb Waiter/ A Slight Ache

Pinter Seven was on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 31st January 2019 to 23rd February 2019.

Currently starring in Eastenders as Mick Carter, Danny Dyer has performed in plays written and directed by Harold Pinter in Celebration and No Mans Land. He has also played Joey in Pinter’s The Homecoming. He will be starring as the Hollywood Producer in Nativity! The Musical.

Martin Freeman is a well-known face across all mediums, playing roles such as Dr John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit films and Everett K. Ross in the Marvel Universe. He also appears in Love Actually, Nativity! and The Office. He has recently appeared in Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2017.

John Hefferman has appeared in TV shows such as Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Luther and Dickensian, as well as The Crown. He has also played the title role in Edward II at the National Theatre.