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Harold Pinter

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Harold Pinter

Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor add

Category: Literature

Born in 1930.

Countries: United Kingdom (63%), United States (15%), Ireland (6%)

Main connections: Michael Gambon, Vivien Merchant, Nobel Prize

Linked to: The New York Times, The Independent, Hackney Downs School, Indiana University

 

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Harold Pinter was born in 1930 add something


1940

In 1940 and 1941, after the Blitz, Pinter was evacuated from their house in London to Cornwall and Reading add something


1944

Pinter discovered his social potential as a student at Hackney Downs School, a London grammar school, between 1944 and 1948 add something


1947

At the age of 12, Pinter began writing poetry, and in spring 1947, his poetry was first published in the "Hackney Downs School Magazine" add something

 

In 1947 and 1948, he played Romeo and Macbeth in productions directed by Brearley add something


1948

Beginning in late 1948, Pinter attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for two terms, but hating the school, missed most of his classes, feigned a nervous breakdown, and dropped out in 1949 add something

 

In 1948 he was called up for National Service add something

 

In 1948, the Russian suppression of Eastern Europe was an obvious and brutal fact, but I felt very strongly and feel as strongly now that we have an obligation to subject our own actions and attitudes to an equivalent critical and moral scrutiny add something


1949

He had a small part in the Christmas pantomime "Dick Whittington and His Cat" at the Chesterfield Hippodrome in 1949 to 1950 add something


1950

In 1950, his poetry was first published outside of the school magazine in "Poetry London", some of it under the pseudonym "Harold Pinta" add something

 

Cleo Laine - She played the lead in a new play at London's Royal Court Theatre, home of the new wave of playwrights of the 1950s such as John Osborne and Harold Pinter


1951

From 1951 to 1952, he toured Ireland with the Anew McMaster repertory company, playing over a dozen roles add something

 

From January to July 1951, he attended the Central School of Speech and Drama add something


1952

In 1952 he began acting in regional English repertory productions; from 1953 to 1954, he worked for the Donald Wolfit Company, at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, performing eight roles add something


1954

From 1954 until 1959, Pinter acted under the stage name David Baron add something


1956

In 1956 he married actress Vivien Merchant and had a son, Daniel born in 1958 add something

 

Vivien Merchant - After Merchant married the playwright Harold Pinter in 1956, she appeared in many of his plays, including the 1960 revival of his first play, "The Room" at the Hampstead Theatre, "A Slight Ache", "A Night Out", "The Collection" and "The Lover"; the last a celebrated television production partnering Alan Badel at Associated Rediffusion, for which she was given an Evening Standard Theatre *award for Best Newcomer and the BAFTA *award for Best Actress, both in 1963

 

Vivien Merchant - In 1956 she married the playwright Harold Pinter and performed in many of his plays


1957

Pinter's career as a playwright began with a production of "The Room" in 1957 add something

 

Pinter's first play, "The Room", written and first performed in 1957, was a student production at the University of Bristol, directed by his good friend, actor Henry Woolf, who originated the role of Mr. Kidd add something

 

Written in 1957 and produced in 1958, Pinter's second play, "The Birthday Party", one of his best-known works, was initially both a commercial and critical disaster, despite an enthusiastic review in "The Sunday Times" by its influential drama critic Harold Hobson, which appeared only after the production had closed and could not be reprieved add something


1958

Pinter wrote "The Hothouse" in 1958, which he shelved for over 20 years add something

 

The production was described by Billington as "a staggeringly confident debut which attracted the attention of a young producer, Michael Codron, who decided to present Pinter's next play, "The Birthday Party", at the Lyric Hammersmith, in 1958 add something

 

Willoughby Gray - He appeared as 'Pete' in Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" on its very first run in 1958, this being just one of countless stage performances he made


1959

During this period, Pinter wrote the radio play "A Slight Ache", first broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in 1959 and adapted to the stage and performed at the Arts Theatre Club in 1961 add something

 

Next he wrote "The Dumb Waiter" , which premièred in Germany and was produced in a double bill with "The Room" at the Hampstead Theatre Club, in London , in 1960 add something

 

Fenella Fielding - By 1959 she was appearing with Kenneth Williams in the comedy revue "Pieces of Eight", written by Harold Pinter and Peter Cook


1960

From the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Pinter wrote a series of plays and sketches that explore complex ambiguities, elegiac mysteries, comic vagaries, and other "quicksand-like" characteristics of memory and which critics sometimes classify as Pinter's "memory plays" add something

 

His play "Night School" was first televised in 1960 on Associated Rediffusion add something

 

The first production of "The Caretaker", at the Arts Theatre Club, in London , in 1960, established Pinter's theatrical reputation add something

 

"A Night Out" was broadcast to a large audience on Associated British Corporation's television show "Armchair Theatre", after being transmitted on BBC Radio 3, in 1960 add something

 

Philip Saville - During the 1960s he directed television plays, such as Harold Pinter's "A Night Out" for ABC's "Armchair Theatre" anthology series, and "Madhouse on Castle Street" for the BBC. The later production was the first acting appearance of the folk singer Bob Dylan, whom Saville had flown over specifically to take part in the play

 

Donald Pleasence - In 1960 Pleasence won acclaim as the tramp in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" at the Arts Theatre, a part he would again play in a 1990 revival

 

Donald Cotton - In 1960, he introduced "Voices in the Air", a programme whose script included work not only by Cotton but by other notable contributors including Harold Pinter, John_Betjeman, Michael Flanders, Antony Hopkins, N. F. Simpson, Donald Swann, and Sandy Wilson

 

Joseph Losey - In the 1960s, Losey began working with playwright Harold Pinter, in what became a long friendship and a successful screenwriting career for Pinter


1962

"The Collection" premièred at the Aldwych Theatre in 1962, and "The Dwarfs", adapted from Pinter's unpublished novel of the same title, was first broadcast on radio in 1960, adapted for the stage in a double bill with "The Lover", which was televised on Associated Rediffusion in 1963; and "Tea Party", a play that Pinter developed from his 1963 short story, first broadcast on BBC TV in 1965 add something

 

Vivien Merchant - From 1962 to 1969, Harold Pinter had a clandestine affair with Joan Bakewell, which informs Pinter's play "Betrayal"

 

Donald Pleasence - Pleasence was nominated four times for the Tony *award for best performance by a leading actor in a Broadway play: in 1962 for Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker", in 1965 for Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos", in 1969 for Robert Shaw's "The Man in the Glass Booth", and in 1972 for Simon Gray's "Wise Child"


1963

Alan Badel - Also in 1963 he played opposite Vivien Merchant in the TV production of Harold Pinter's play 'The Lover'

 

Scott Forbes - In 1963, he played the lead in the world premier of Harold Pinter's play "The Lover" on the London stage

 

The Caretaker (film) - "'The Caretaker"' is a 1963 British drama film directed by Clive Donner and based on the Harold Pinter play of the same name


 

By the time Peter Hall's London production of "The Homecoming" reached Broadway in 1967, Pinter had become a celebrity playwright, and the play garnered four Tony awards, among other awards add something

 

In 1964, "The Birthday Party" was revived both on television and on stage and was well received add something

 

Pinter adapted other writers' novels to screenplays, including "The Pumpkin Eater" , based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer, directed by Jack Clayton; "The Quiller Memorandum" , from the 1965 spy novel "The Berlin Memorandum", by Elleston Trevor, directed by Michael Anderson; "The Last Tycoon" , from the unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, directed by Elia_Kazan; "The French Lieutenant's Woman" , from the novel by John Fowles, directed by Karel Reisz; "Turtle Diary" , based on the novel by Russell Hoban; "The Heat of the Day[ add something

 

Jane Arden (director) - In 1964, Arden appeared with Harold Pinter in a TV production of Jean-Paul Sartre's "Huis Clos", directed by her husband Phillip Saville


1966

He seemed to express ambivalence, both indifference and hostility, towards political structures and politicians in his Fall 1966 "Paris Review" interview conducted by Lawrence M. Bensky add something


 

He was considered to have been one of the most influential modern British dramatists, Along with the 1967 Tony award for Best Play for "The Homecoming" and several other American awards and award nominations, he and his plays received many awards in the UK and elsewhere throughout the world add something

 

David Edgar (playwright) - National Student Drama Festival - In 1967, the National Student Drama Festival was held in Bradford and was won by Edinburgh University's production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

 

Paul Rogers (actor) - He has appeared in many West End and Broadway productions and won the Tony for Best Actor for his role in Harold Pinter's drama "The Homecoming" in 1967

 

Ian Holm - In 1967, he won a Tony *award for Best Featured Actor in a Play as Lenny in "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter

 

Lynn Farleigh - She made her New York debut with the RSC in April 1967 at the Music Box Theatre, playing Ruth in a production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"


1968

Then Pinter turned his unfilmed script into a television play, which was produced as "The Basement", both on BBC 2 and on stage in 1968 add something

 

Ruth White (actress) - White earned a Tony *award nomination in 1968 for her role in Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party


1969

Lynn Farleigh - In July 1969 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs she appeared in the Peter Tegel double-bill as the Biology Mistress in "Blim at School" and Anna in "Poet of the Anemones"; and in the following year played Simone in "The Friends", written and directed by Arnold Wesker ; and Beatrice Justine in "Exiles" by James Joyce, directed by Harold Pinter


1970

An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Honorary Fellow of the Modern Language Association of America , Pinter was appointed CBE in 1966 and became a Companion of Honour in 2002, having declined a knighthood in 1996 add something

 

Pinter began to direct more frequently during the 1970s, becoming an associate director of the National Theatre in 1973 add something

 

Pinter's last filmed screenplay was an adaptation of the 1970 Tony award-winning play "Sleuth", by Anthony Shaffer, which was commissioned by Jude Law, one of the film's producers add something

 

Through the early 1970s, Merchant appeared in many of Pinter's works, including "The Homecoming" on stage and screen , but the marriage was turbulent add something

 

Svein Sturla Hungnes - After he had finished with his exams in winter 1970, he made his real debut, when he played tough young boy Joey in "Hjemkomsten" by Harold Pinter


1972

Colin Blakely - He returned to the Royal Shakespeare in 1972 in Harold Pinter's "Old Times" and was subsequently in many West End plays

 

Maximilian Schell - In 1972 he starred as 'Deeley' in Peter Hall's German language premiére of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" at the Burgtheater in Vienna


1975

He left Merchant in 1975 and married author Antonia Fraser in 1980 add something

 

After hiding the relationship from Merchant for two and a half months, on 21 March 1975, Pinter finally told her "I've met somebody" add something

 

After that, "Life in Hanover Terrace gradually became impossible", and Pinter moved out of their house on 28 April 1975, five days after the première of "No Man's Land" add something

 

Terence Rigby - Among his stage credits was the première of "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter, at the Royal National Theatre in 1975, in which he played a supporting role to the leads played by John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson

 

Russell Hoban - His novel "Turtle Diary" was turned into a film version released in 1985, which has a screenplay by Harold Pinter

 

Hugh Fraser (politician) - In 1975, while she was still married to Fraser, Lady Antonia Fraser met and started living with playwright Harold Pinter, who was married at the time


1976

Pinter's notable film and television roles included the corrupt lawyer Saul Abrahams, opposite Peter O'Toole, in BBC TV's "Rogue Male" , a remake of the 1941 film noir "Man Hunt", released on DVD in 2002; and a drunk Irish journalist in "Langrishe, Go Down" distributed on BBC Two in 1978 and released in movie theatres in 2002 add something

 

Helen Mirren - In 1976, she appeared with Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates and Malcolm McDowell in a production of Harold Pinter's "The Collection" as part of the "Laurence Olivier Presents" series

 

The Last Tycoon (1976 film) - "'The Last Tycoon"' is a 1976 American dramatic film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam Spiegel, based upon Harold Pinter's screenplay adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Last Tycoon", sometimes known as "The Love of the Last Tycoon"


1977

After the Frasers' divorce had become final in 1977 and the Pinters' in 1980, Pinter married Fraser on 27 November 1980 add something


1978

Alan Bates - On television, his parts ranged from classic roles such as 1978's "The Mayor of Casterbridge" , in the " Laurence Olivier Presents" episode of Harold Pinter's "The Collection" , "A Voyage Round My Father" working again with Laurence Olivier, "An Englishman Abroad" , and "Pack of Lies"


1979

Just before this hiatus, in 1979, Pinter re-discovered his manuscript of "The Hothouse", which he had written in 1958 but had set aside; he revised it and directed its first production himself at Hampstead Theatre in London , in 1980 add something

 

Michael Redgrave - Redgrave's final theatre appearance came in May 1979 when he portrayed Jasper in Simon Gray's "Close of Play", directed on the Lyttelton stage at the National Theatre by Harold Pinter


1980

It was not produced often until the 1980s, and it has been revived more frequently since 2000, including the West End Trafalgar Studios production in 2007 add something

 

Like his plays of the 1980s, "The Hothouse" concerns authoritarianism and the abuses of power politics, but it is a comedy, like his earlier comedies of menace add something

 

Charlie Drake - Drake turned to straight acting in the 1980s, winning acclaim for his role as Touchstone in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" , and an award for his part in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, along with Michael Angelis

 

Dianne Wiest - During the 1980s, she performed in Hedda Gabler, directed by Lloyd Richards at Yale Repertory Theatre, and in Harold Pinter's A Kind of Alaska, Lanford Wilson's Serenading Louie, and Janusz Glowacki's Hunting Cockroaches.

 

Derek Newark - He a created the role of Roote in Harold Pinter's play 'The Hothouse' which premiered in 1980 in a production directed by Pinter himself


 

Pinter's screenplays for "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Betrayal" were nominated for Academy awards in 1981 and 1983, respectively add something

 

The French Lieutenant's Woman (film) - "'The French Lieutenant's Woman"' is a 1981 film directed by Karel Reisz and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter


1982

Vivien Merchant died of acute alcoholism in the first week of October 1982, at the age of 53 add something


1983

David Mamet - Glengarry Glen Ross - Mamet dedicated "Glengarry Glen Ross" to Harold Pinter, who was instrumental in its being first staged at the Royal National Theatre, in 1983, and whom Mamet has acknowledged as an influence on its success, and on his other work


1984

Dora Bryan - Other notable credits include her first Shakespearean role, Mistress Quickly in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , Mrs. Hardcastle in "She Stoops to Conquer" , Carlotta Campion in the 1987 London production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies", and she appeared in the 1994 revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"


1985

Cold War - In 1985, Pinter recalled that his early act of conscientious objection resulted from being "terribly disturbed as a young man by the Cold War. And McCarthyism add something

 

He was an officer in International PEN, travelling with American playwright Arthur Miller to Turkey in 1985 on a mission co-sponsored with a Helsinki Watch committee to investigate and protest against the torture of imprisoned writers add something

 

In 1985 Pinter stated that whereas his earlier plays presented metaphors for power and powerlessness, the later ones present literal realities of power and its abuse add something

 

In "A Play and Its Politics", a 1985 interview with Nicholas Hern, Pinter described his earlier plays retrospectively from the perspective of the politics of power and the dynamics of oppression add something


1987

Most of issue number 28 of Craig Raine's Arts Tri-Quarterly "Areté" was devoted to pieces remembering Pinter, beginning with Pinter's 1987 unpublished love poem dedicated "To Antonia" and his poem "Paris", written in 1975 , followed by brief memoirs by some of Pinter's associates and friends, including Patrick Marber, Nina Raine, Tom Stoppard, Peter Nichols, Susanna Gross, Richard Eyre, and David Hare add something

 

Michael Billington (critic) - As a director his work includes "The Will" by Marivaux at the Barbican Conservatory, London, with an ensemble from the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987; Pinter's "The Lover" and Strindberg's "The Stronger" at the Battersea Arts Centre in 1997, and in 2008 at the MacOwan Theatre, Kensington, Pinter's "Party Time" and "Celebration" with students from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

 

Harold Pinter and academia - Members of The Harold Pinter Society and individual and institutional subscribers receive "The Pinter Review", whose founding co-editors are Francis Gillen and Steven H. Gale , an academic journal first published in conjunction with the Pinter Society by The University of Tampa Press in 1987


1988

Pinter's experiences in Turkey and his knowledge of the Turkish suppression of the Kurdish language inspired his 1988 play "Mountain Language add something


1990

Miriam Karlin - In 1990 she became the first woman to play the title role in "The Caretaker" by Harold Pinter in a production at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff


1991

The dramatic sketch "The New World Order" provides what Robert Cushman, writing in "The Independent" described as "10 nerve wracking minutes" of two men threatening to torture a third man who is blindfolded, gagged and bound in a chair; Pinter directed the British première at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, where it opened on 9 July 1991, and the production transferred to Washington, D.C., where it was revived in 1994 add something

 

Louis Marks - He worked with Jack Clayton on an adaption of Muriel Spark's "Memento Mori" in 1991, Harold Pinter on "The Hothouse" 1987 and with Mike Leigh on "Grown-ups" 1982


1992

Pinter adapted it as a screenplay for television in 1992, directing that production, first broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 on 17 November 1992 add something

 

Peter Gerety - In early 1992, he performed to critical acclaim on Broadway in "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch, and in Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse"


1993

In her own contemporaneous diary entry dated 15 January 1993, Fraser described herself more as Pinter's literary midwife add something

 

Michael Sheen - Also in 1993, Sheen appeared in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's "Moonlight" at the Almeida Theatre and made his television debut in the 1993 BBC mini-series "Gallowglass"

 

Thommy Berggren - " In 1993 he made his debut as a director at the "Royal" "Dramatic Theatre" with Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

 

Douglas Hodge - Hodge has achieved great success on stage in plays by Harold Pinter, including "No Man's Land" at the Comedy Theatre in February 1993; "Moonlight" at the Almeida Theatre in September 1993; "A Kind of Alaska", "The Lover" and "The Collection" at the Donmar Warehouse in May 1998; as Jerry in "Betrayal" at the Royal National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, in November 1998; and as Aston in "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre in November 2000, co-starring Michael Gambon and Rupert Graves , directed by Patrick Marber - for whi


1994

Christopher Plummer - He appeared with Jason Robards in the 1994 revival of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and scored one of his greatest successes in 1997 in "Barrymore", which he toured with after a successful Broadway run

 

Patrick Chesnais - In 1994, he starred in Harold Pinter's "Le Retour", and in 1992, in "La Belle Histoire" by Claude Lelouch


1995

In 1995, he accepted the David Cohen Prize, in recognition of a lifetime of literary achievement add something

 

Pinter played the major role of Roote in a 1995 revival at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester add something


 

In 1996, he received a Laurence Olivier Special award for lifetime achievement in the theatre add something

 

Dora Bryan - In 1996, she was *awarded the OBE in recognition of her services to acting and she was *awarded a Laurence Olivier *award in 1996 for her role in the West End production of the Harold Pinter play, "The Birthday Party"


1997

In 1997 he became a BAFTA Fellow add something

 

David Bradley (actor) - He has appeared in the Royal National Theatre's 1997 production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming", as well as productions of Pinter's "The Caretaker" at Sheffield Theatres and the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2006-07


2000

Indira Varma - In 2000 to 2001, she appeared in Harold Pinter and Di Trevis's NT stage adaptation of Pinter's "The Proust Screenplay", "Remembrance of Things Past", based on "À la recherche du temps perdu", by Marcel Proust


2001

From 16 to 31 July 2001, a Harold Pinter Festival celebrating his work, curated by Michael Colgan, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Dublin , was held as part of the annual Lincoln Center Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City add something

 

In December 2001, Pinter was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, for which, in 2002, he underwent an operation and chemotherapy add something

 

Michael Gambon - In 2001 he played what he described as "a physically repulsive" Davies in Patrick Marber's revival of Pinter's "The Caretaker", but he found the rehearsal period an unhappy experience, and felt that he had let down the author

 

Indira Varma - In the summer of 2001, she played Gila in "One for the Road", by Harold Pinter, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City


2002

Samuel West - St Magnus Festival - In 2002 all three family members performed in Stravinsky's "The Soldiers Tale" at the St Magnus Festival on Orkney and in 2006 they gave a rehearsed reading of the Harold Pinter play "Family Voices" as part of the Sheffield Theatres Pinter season


2003

From 9 to 25 January 2003, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, in Manitoba, Canada, held a nearly month-long "PinterFest", in which over a 130 performances of twelve of Pinter's plays were performed by a dozen different theatre companies add something

 

Janie Dee - Early in 2003,she had worked with Sir Peter on Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" and Noël Coward's "Design for Living"

 

Harold Pinter and academia - Goldsmiths College, University of London, inaugurated its Pinter Centre in June 2003, installing Harold Pinter as its honorary president


 

In 2004, he received the Wilfred Owen award for Poetry for his "lifelong contribution to literature, 'and specifically for his collection of poetry entitled "War", published in 2003'" add something

 

Raul Esparza - He has received Tony nominations for his role as a vibrant and flamboyant Philip Salon in the Boy George musical "Taboo" in 2004; Robert, an empty man devoid of connection in the musical comedy "Company" in 2006; a lazy and snarky man in Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"; and an aggressive volatile movie producer in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow"


2005

Palestine Festival of Literature - As Alderman points out, for example, Pinter signed the mission statement of Jews for Justice for Palestinians in 2005 and its full-page advertisement, "What Is Israel Doing- A Call by Jews in Britain", published in "The Times" on 6 July 2006, and he was a patron of the Palestine Festival of Literature add something

 

Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Légion d'honneur in 2007 add something

 

Three days later, it was announced that he had won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature add something

 

Yet, he completed his screenplay for the film of "Sleuth" in 2005 add something

 

His last dramatic work for radio, "Voices" , a collaboration with composer James Clarke, adapting selected works by Pinter to music, premièred on BBC Radio 3 on his 75th birthday on 10 October 2005 add something

 

On 13 October 2005, the Swedish Academy announced that it had decided to award the Nobel Prize in Literature for that year to Pinter, who "in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms" add something

 

The Nobel Prize awards Ceremony and related events throughout Scandinavia took place in December 2005 add something

 

Flora Fraser (writer) - Her stepfather was the playwright Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, her mother's second husband until his death in 2008

 

John Weston (diplomat) - The first collection of his poetry, "Chasing the Hoopoe", published by Peterloo Poets in August 2005, was described by the late Harold Pinter as "a good read, full of salt and pepper"


2006

In an interview with Pinter in 2006, conducted by critic Michael Billington as part of the cultural programme of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin , Italy, Pinter confirmed that he would continue to write poetry but not plays add something

 

In March 2006, he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize in recognition of lifetime achievements pertaining to drama and theatre add something

 

In June 2006, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosted a celebration of Pinter's films curated by his friend, the playwright David Hare add something

 

John Crowley (director) - He directed Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy in the West End production of "Love Song" in 2006-7, and in 2007 filmed a television version of Harold Pinter's "Celebration" starring Michael Gambon, Stephen Rea and Colin Firth

 

Michael Colgan (director) - More recently, in 2006, he produced the film version of Harold Pinter's play "Celebration" for Channel 4 starring Michael Gambon and Colin Firth

 

Neil Pearson - Pearson appeared in a touring revival of Sir Peter Hall's production of Harold Pinter's "Old Times" in 2006, and in a production of Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, in 2009

 

Kirsty Wark - In June 2006 she interviewed Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter


2007

It is the basis for the 2007 film "Sleuth", directed by Kenneth Branagh add something

 

Sarah Lyall notes in her 2007 interview with Pinter in "The New York Times" that his "latest work, a slim pamphlet called "Six Poems for A.," comprises poems written over 32 years, with "A" of course being Lady Antonia add something

 

On 18 January 2007, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin presented Pinter with France's highest civil honour, the Légion d'honneur, at a ceremony at the French Embassy in London add something

 

Later in February 2007, John Crowley's film version of Pinter's play "Celebration" was shown on "More4" add something

 

In February and March 2007, a 50th anniversary of "The Dumb Waiter", was produced at the Trafalgar Studios add something

 

On 18 March 2007, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a new radio production of "The Homecoming", directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by Martin J. Smith, with Pinter performing the role of Max add something

 

One performance was filmed and broadcast on BBC Four on 21 June 2007, and screened later, as part of the memorial PEN Tribute to Pinter, in New York, on 2 May 2009 add something

 

A revival of "The Hothouse" opened at the National Theatre, in London , in July 2007, concurrently with a revival of "Betrayal" at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Roger Michell add something

 

Michael Gambon - In 2007 he was Sam in Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming" for Radio 3

 

Paul Benedict - In 2007, Benedict performed as "Hirst" in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Janie Dee - In 2007, she played Kate in the Harold Pinter play "Old Times", alongside Neil Pearson and Susannah Harker

 

Warren Mitchell - On stage he received extensive critical acclaim for his performances in Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' and Harold Pinter's 'The Caretaker' at the National Theatre; and Pinter's 'The Homecoming' and Miller's 'The Price' in the West End, appearing in 'Visiting Mr. Green' in 2007 and 2008.

 

Jason Isaacs - Between 2 February and 24 March 2007, Isaacs played Ben, opposite Lee Evans , in the critically acclaimed 50th-anniversary production of Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter", at Trafalgar Studios, in London, his first theatre performance since appearing in "The Force of Change"

 

Harold Pinter and academia - From 12 to 14 April 2007, the conferees celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first production of Harold Pinter's first play, "The Room"

 

Raul Esparza - Beginning in November 2007, he appeared in Harold Pinter's play "The Homecoming" and was Tony-nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play

 

Simon Russell Beale - From December 2007 to March 2008 he played Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Nicholas Hytner and from February to July 2008, he played Andrew Undershaft in Hytner's production of Shaw's "Major Barbara"; he appeared in Harold Pinter's "A Slight Ache" and "Landscape"


2008

On the Monday before Christmas 2008, Pinter was admitted to Hammersmith Hospital, where he died on Christmas Eve from liver cancer add something

 

Revivals in 2008 included the 40th-anniversary production of the American première of "The Homecoming" on Broadway, directed by Daniel J. Sullivan add something


Harold Pinter died in 2008 add something

 

From 8 to 24 May 2008, the Lyric Hammersmith celebrated the 50th anniversary of "The Birthday Party" with a revival and related events, including a gala performance and reception hosted by Harold Pinter on 19 May 2008, exactly 50 years after its London première there add something

 

The final revival during Pinter's lifetime was a production of "No Man's Land", directed by Rupert Goold, opening at the Gate Theatre, Dublin , in August 2008, and transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre, London , where it played until 3 January 2009 add something

 

In October 2008, the Central School of Speech and Drama announced that Pinter had agreed to become its president and awarded him an honorary fellowship at its graduation ceremony add something

 

He died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008 add something

 

His presidency of the school was brief; he died just two weeks after the graduation ceremony, on 24 December 2008 add something

 

Pinter's funeral was a private, half-hour secular ceremony conducted at the graveside at Kensal Green Cemetery, 31 December 2008 add something

 

Michael Gambon - In 2008 Gambon appeared in the role of Hirst in "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin , opposite David Bradley as Spooner, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, which transferred to the London West End's Duke of York's Theatre, for which roles each received nominations for the 2009 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor

 

David Bradley (actor) - In 2008 appeared in the role of Spooner in "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin , opposite Michael Gambon as Hirst, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, that later transferred to London 's West End.

 

David Walliams - On 26 August 2008 he made his stage debut at the Gate Theatre in Dublin opposite Michael Gambon in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", in front of an audience that included Pinter himself

 

Harold Pinter and academia - The work of cataloguing the full archive, a process documented in the BL's official " Harold Pinter Archive Blog", was completed in December 2008 , the description of its contents was uploaded to the BL "Additional Manuscripts Online Catalogue" on 2 February 2009, and the archive was re-opened to qualified researchers and scholars

 

Antonia Fraser - Harold Pinter died from cancer on 24 December 2008, aged 78

 

Michael Gambon - After Pinter's death on 24 December 2008, Gambon read Hirst's monologue selected by the playwright for Gambon to read at his funeral, held on 31 December 2008, during the cast's memorial remarks from the stage as well as at the funeral and in "Words and Music", transmitted on the BBC Radio 3 on 22 February 2009


2009

On 2 May 2009, a free public memorial tribute was held at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York add something

 

On 16 June 2009, Antonia Fraser officially opened a commemorative room at the Hackney Empire add something

 

A memorial cricket match at Lord's Cricket Ground between the Gaieties Cricket Club and the Lord's Taverners, followed by performances of Pinter's poems and excerpts from his plays, took place on 27 September 2009 add something

 

Jonathan Pryce - In 2009 he appeared at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in the title role of "Dimetos" written by Athol Fugard, and later that year made a sentimental journey back to Liverpool to appear as Davies in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" directed by veteran director Christopher Morahan

 

Michael Sheen - Sheen made two once-off stage appearances in 2009; he performed a scene from "Betrayal" as part of a Harold Pinter tribute evening at the National Theatre and performed improvisational comedy as part of The Groundlings' "Crazy Joe Show" in Los Angeles

 

Jason Isaacs - This Tribute to Harold Pinter co-sponsored by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center , of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York , was part of the Fifth Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, held in New York City, from 27 April to 3 May 2009


2011

The Free Theatre's members had to be smuggled out of Minsk , owing to a government crackdown on dissident artists, to perform their production in a two-week sold-out engagement at La MaMa in New York as part of the 2011 Under the Radar Festival add something

 

In January 2011 "Being Harold Pinter", a theatrical collage of excerpts from Pinter's dramatic works, his Nobel Lecture, and letters of Belarusian prisoners, created and performed by the Belarus Free Theatre, evoked a great deal of attention in the public media add something

 

In September 2011, British Theatre owners, Ambassador Theatre Group announced it was renaming its "Comedy Theatre", Panton Street, London to become "The Harold Pinter Theatre" add something

 

John Malkovich - In 2011, Malkovich directed Julian Sands in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" in the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

 

Douglas Henshall - In summer 2011 Henshall starred in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre in London 's West End playing the lover of Emma, played by Kristin Scott Thomas

 

Ben Miles - In summer 2011 Miles starred in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" at the Comedy Theatre in London 's West End as Robert with his wife played by Kristin Scott Thomas

 

Stefano Pilati - In 2011, Pilati created costumes for the production of Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal", which opened in June 2011 at the Comedy Theatre in London


2012

John Simm - From 17 May to 9 June 2012, Simm starred as Jerry in a revival of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" at the Crucible Theatre, alongside Ruth Gemmell and Colin Tierney


2013

John Simm - From May-Aug 2013 he returned to The Trafalgar studios in London's west end to Star opposite Simon Russell Beale in a new production of Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse"

 

Indira Varma - In 2013 she played Miss Cutts in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter in the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios

 

Penelope Milford - In 2013, Penelope played the role of Deborah in the Harold Pinter play "A Kind of Alaska" at the Cocoon Theatre in Rhinebeck, New York

 

Simon Russell Beale - He will star alongside John Simm in Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse" at the Trafalgar Studios from May to August 2013, directed by Jamie Lloyd

 

Billy Crudup - In August 2013, he co-starred with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Harold Pinter play, "No Man's Land" as well as in "Waiting for Godot" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre


2015

Joanna Hogg - In 2015 Hogg directed Harold Pinter's unproduced film screenplay adaptation of the short story by Karen Blixen "The Dreaming Child" for &Radio_4 (BBC_Radio_4), adapting the screenplay with producer Laurence Bowen

 

Jamie Lloyd (director) - In 2015, Lloyd directed Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

 

Clive Owen - In 2015, Owen will make his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times

 

Bristol University - The university has been associated with 12 Nobel laureates throughout its history, including Paul Dirac, Sir William Ramsay, Cecil Frank Powell, Sir Winston Churchill, Dorothy Hodgkin, Hans Albrecht Bethe, Max Delbrück, Gerhard Herzberg, Sir Nevill Francis Mott, Harold Pinter, Jean-Marie_Gustave_Le_Clézio and most recently, 2015 Economics Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton

 

University of Bristol - The university has been associated with 12 Nobel laureates throughout its history, including Paul Dirac, Sir William Ramsay, Cecil Frank Powell, Sir Winston Churchill, Dorothy Hodgkin, Hans Albrecht Bethe, Max Delbrück, Gerhard Herzberg, Sir Nevill Francis Mott, Harold Pinter, Jean-Marie_Gustave_Le_Clézio and most recently, 2015 Economics Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton


2016

Warren Mitchell - Accessed 11 April 2016 Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" at the National Theatre; Pinter's "The Homecoming" at London's Comedy Theatre and Miller's "The Price" at the Apollo Theatre in 2003

 

Timothy Spall - From 29 March - 14 May 2016 Spall played the title role of Davies in Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker directed by Matthew Warchus at The Old Vic Theatre in London opposite George MacKay and Daniel Mays


2017

Colin Morgan - BBC Radio 4 - On 22 April 2017, Morgan will portray Tom in the BBC Radio 4 drama entitled "Keeping In Touch", which is a story about Baroness Joan Bakewell's love affair with famed playwright Harold Pinter


2018

Lee Evans (comedian) - In 2018 Evans came out of retirement to star in a run of Harold Pinter's one act play "Monologue"

 

Jamie Lloyd (director) - In 2018, Lloyd announced 'Pinter at the Pinter' a sixth month long season of Harold Pinter's one act and short plays staged on the tenth anniversary of his death at The Harold Pinter Theatre

 

Toby Jones - Jones starred as Stanley in the 2018 revival of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter at The Harold Pinter Theatre directed by Ian Rickson and starring alongside Zoe Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan and Pearl Mackie