One For The Road

Previewed 3 July 2001, Opened 4 July 2001, Closed 7 July 2001 at the Ambassadors Theatre - late evening performances

The Gate Theatre Dublin presents Harold Pinter in his play One For The Road in London for a strictly limited one week season

In an unnamed police state a torturer confronts his victims and reveals his own brutal craving for approval; a work of devasting moral force.

A unique opportunity to see Harold Pinter perform the first of his overtly political plays of the eighties. One For The Road will be part of the Gate Theatre's contribution to a major celebration of the author's work being held at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York in July 2001

The cast features Harold Pinter wirh Indira Varma, Lloyd Hutchinson and Rory Copus. Directed by Robin Lefevre with designs by Liz Ascroft and lighting by Mick Hughes.

"Robin Lefevreís production from Dublinís Gate Theatre offers plenty of brooding, still moments which ask for your rapt contemplation of the drama ó even to the extent of making you want to take out distracting coughers in the audience and shoot them. But this tends to highlight the fact that Pinter seems content simply to show, rather than explore more deeply, the uses and abuses of authority. Dramatically, too, the play disappoints. Itís too much of a one-sided contest. Nicolas is such an overwhelmingly dominant presence and his victims so helpless that the cruel games he plays with them almost seem superfluous. Thereís too little tension ó Pinterís sense of menace seems much greater when contained in the domestic surroundings of The Caretaker or Stanley being interrogated in the seaside boarding house of The Birthday Party." The Times

"The heaviest gig in town - and, at 40 minutes long, probably the shortest - has to be Harold Pinter's one-act scorcher written in 1985, One For The Road. It's a nasty play about a nasty subject - torture. Pinter himself plays Nicolas, a high-ranking government official in an unnamed dictatorship who interviews, separately, three members of one dissident family: Victor, his wife Gila, and their seven-year-old son, Nicky... For all its cruelties and its glaring political agenda, the play grips because Pinter uses conversation itself as an art of war (the most frightening Gestapo officers in war films were always the superficially polite ones). Expertly directed by Robin Lefevre, you leave the theatre feeling a combination of shock, anger and sheer relief." The Daily Express

One For The Road in London at the Ambassadors Theatre previewed from 3 July 2001, opened on 4 July 2001 and closed on 7 July 2001