Harold Pinter Celebration in London

Celebration

Original London Production 2000 - Almeida Theatre / TV BBC Four

Original West End London Production 2005 - Albery Theatre (all-star staged-reading)

Television Broadcast 2007 - More 4

1st West End London Revival 2019 - Harold Pinter Theatre

Play by Harold Pinter. A restaurant. Three couples. It's a celebration.


Original London Production 2000 - Almeida Theatre

Previewed 16 March 2000, Opened 22 March 2000, Closed 29 April 2000 at the Almeida Theatre

Presented as a double-bill with The Room.

The cast featured Keith Allen as 'Lambert', Susan Wooldridge as 'Julie', Andy de la Tour as 'Matt', Lindsay Duncan as 'Prue', Steven Pacey as 'Russell', Lia Williams as 'Suki', Thomas Wheatley as 'Richard', Indira Varma as 'Sonia' (Waitress), Danny Dyer as 'Waiter', Nina Raine as 'Waitress', and Katherine Tozer as 'Waitress'.

Directed by Harold Pinter with sets by Eileen Diss, costumes by Dany Everett, lighting by Mick Hughes, and sound by John Leonard.

Television Broadcast: This production was filmed and broadcast on television on BBC Four, 8 November 2000.


Original West End London Production 2005 - an all-star staged-reading

Opened 1 December 2005, Closed 3 December 2005 at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward Theatre)

The cast featured Michael Gambon as 'Lambert', Penelope Wilton as 'Julie', Kenneth Cranham as 'Matt', Sinead Cusask as 'Prue', Jeremy Irons as 'Russell', Janie Dee as 'Suki', Charles Dance as 'Richard', Joanna Lumley as 'Sonia' (Waitress), and Stephen Rea as 'Waiter'.

Directed by Alan Stanford with designs by Eileen Diss.

A staged reading presented by The Gate Theatre, Dublin, and mounted to mark Harold Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Television Broadcast 2007 - More4

TV Channel 4's More4, 26 February 2007

The cast featured Michael Gambon as 'Lambert', Penelope Wilton as 'Julie', James Bolam as 'Matt', Julia McKenzie as 'Prue', Colin Firth as 'Russell', Janie Dee as 'Suki', James Fox as 'Richard', Sophie Okonedo as 'Sonia' (Waitress), and Stephen Rea as 'Waiter'.

Directed by John Crowley with designs by Eileen Diss and costumes by Jane Robinson.


1st West End London Revival 2019 - Harold Pinter Theatre

Previewed 20 December 2018, Opened 4 January 2019, Closed 26 January 2019 (in repertory) at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Presented as a double-bill under the title Pinter Six with Party Time.

The cast features Ron Cook as 'Lambert', Tracy-Ann Oberman as 'Julie', Phil Davis as 'Matt', Celia Imrie as 'Prue', John Simm as 'Russell', Katherine Kingsley as 'Suki', Gary Kemp as 'Richard', Eleanor Matsuura as 'Sonia' (Waitress), and Abraham Popoola as 'Waiter'.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd with designs by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Jon Clark, and music and sound by George Dennis, Ben and Max Ringham.

When this production opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London in November 2018, Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times said that "it's caustic stuff, cruelly lampooning folk who wear culture and cuisine as statement jewellery, and it's staged by Jamie Lloyd with vicious vigour. But again it feels incredibly timely, Pinter homing in on the way the territorial instinct can warp into something grasping and divisive." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph described it as being "a sustained act of snarling caricature at the expense of the crude and rude nouveau riche." Paul Taylor in the i newspaper explained how "Adam Poopola is perfection as the waiter with his namedropping 'interjections'. Pinter has fun at the expense of the cultural ignorance of the nouveau and the production catches the joie de vivre in the writing brilliantly." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard commented how "Pinter creates the impression that these philistines, full of drink-fuelled reminiscence, have no true hinterland. By contrast, their oddly intrusive waiter has a family history that sounds dense and interesting." Michael Billington in the Guardian praised how "Jamie Lloyd pushes it to the limits creating an air of drunken frenzy, and there are exemplary performances by Ron Cook as the rampantly misogynist host, John Simm as an oily banker and Katherine Kingsley as his mutinous wife." Ann Treneman in the Times highlighted that "it is the waiter (take a bow, Abraham Popoola) who provides the intellectual depth here. The menace lurks and the misogyny is omnipresent. But then no Pinter party would be without those." Neil Norman in the Daily Express wrote that "Jamie Lloyd's direction... is stylised to perfection and he is ably served by a stupendous cast including the Amazonian Katherine Kingsley whose comic timing is impeccable. A satisfyingly uncomfortable night."

Celebration in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 20 December 2018, opened on 4 January 2019, and closed on 26 January 2019 (in repertory)