The Jamie Lloyd Company presents A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter, starring Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman, at the Harold Pinter Theatre as part of its complete season of one-act plays by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Harold Pinter. Celebrating the legacy of the “most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation” (The Guardian) on the 10th anniversary of his death, this duo of plays runs from 31 January 2019 until 23 February 2019 and promises an unforgettable theatrical experience.
The Pinter at The Pinter season concludes with two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless. A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both written in the late 1950s, are directed by the brilliant Jamie Lloyd.
In A Slight Ache, a mysterious figure enters Flora and Edward’s elegant country home, changing their lives forever. Absurd tragi-comedy The Dumb Waiter tells the story of Gus and Ben, two hit-men, who await their target in a derelict building. They begin to argue, passionately questioning the reason why their boss wants them to carry out the hit. But, what is the cost of their quest for meaning?
Free Q&A with members of the Company: Tue 12 February 2019
Cast includes Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, John Heffernan and Gemma Whelan .
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).
The Matchseller arrives at Flora and Edward’s elegant country home. For the whole play, the Matchseller does not speak or react and Edward is utterly terrified of this “other” and an obsessive romantic jealousy bubbles over.
Hitmen Ben and Gus chat and bicker about sports, the news, the snacks Gus has brought, and a few shared memories while they wait for their victim to arrive. An envelope with matches is slid under the door of the basement room in which they sit and a dumb waiter at the back of the room begins to carry notes to the men, requesting food and drink, to which Gus and Ben respond. They begin to argue about the reason behind the hit and when their target finally arrives, they’re not who either of them expected.
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(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.