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About Pinter Six

A scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression, the highly pertinent Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration.

Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Cast includes Ron Cook, Phil Davis, Celia Imrie, Gary Kemp, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Abraham Popoola and John Simm

Free Q&A with members of the Company: Tue 8 January 2019

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“Party Time” and “Celebration” are presented together in this sixth instalment of the Pinter at the Pinter series. The year-long series is produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the playwright’s passing.

Much like the titles of these two plays, the themes of the works themselves strike a similar note. Although they were written eight years apart, the overall message – a scathing reproach of the super wealthy – is shared in both plays, making this pairing an ideal double bill.

In typical Pinter fashion, the aptly named “Party Time” combines elements of the fiercely dark and the absurdly funny to illustrate this particularly timely story. The play centers around a group of the powerful elite enjoying their swanky soiree, cut off from the tumultuous political upheaval happening just outside.

“Celebration” is lighter comedy – or at least as light as a Pinter play can be. Two couples dine out to celebrate a wedding anniversary, but the illusion of idyllic romance is quickly undercut by the sinister secrets the dinner reveals.

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What To Watch For

  • Director Jamie Lloyd, once referred to as “the Pinter interpreter,” is the man behind the entire Pinter at the Pinter series. At just 37, he’s also known for being an innovator in the theatre industry, making the West End a more diverse and accessible industry.
  • “Celebration” is known as one of Pinter’s political plays. Throughout his life, Pinter was an actively political person, and was even fined twice by the National Service for being a conscientious objector.
  • The not-so-subtle angry tone in Pinter’s “Party Time” is typical for the playwright both on and off the page. Time Out said that though his “tantrums [were] well-documented… the chance of a rare audience with a man who made us redefine our attitude to communication… is worth the risk.”

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Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Cast includes Celia Imrie

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