Knowledge Identifier: +Harold_Pinter
Born in 1930.
Countries: United Kingdom (63%), United States (15%), Ireland (6%)
Linked to: The New York Times, The Independent, Hackney Downs School, Indiana University
At the age of 12, Pinter began writing poetry, and in spring 1947, his poetry was first published in the "Hackney Downs School Magazine"
He had a small part in the Christmas pantomime "Dick Whittington and His Cat" at the Chesterfield Hippodrome in 1949 to 1950
In 1950, his poetry was first published outside of the school magazine in "Poetry London", some of it under the pseudonym "Harold Pinta"
From 1951 to 1952, he toured Ireland with the Anew McMaster repertory company, playing over a dozen roles
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
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
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
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
"The Collection" premièred at the Aldwych Theatre in 1962, and "The Dwarfs", adapted from Pinter's unpublished novel of the same title, was first broadcast on radio in 1960, adapted for the stage in a double bill with "The Lover", which was televised on Associated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
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"
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
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
Ruth White (actress) - White earned a Tony *award nomination in 1968 for her role in Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party
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
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
He left Merchant in 1975 and married author Antonia Fraser in 1980
Russell Hoban - His novel "Turtle Diary" was turned into a film version released in 1985, which has a screenplay by Harold Pinter
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
Pinter's experiences in Turkey and his knowledge of the Turkish suppression of the Kurdish language inspired his 1988 play "Mountain Language
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
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"
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
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
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"
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
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
Janie Dee - Early in 2003,she had worked with Sir Peter on Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" and Noël Coward's "Design for Living"
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"
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
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"
It is the basis for the 2007 film "Sleuth", directed by Kenneth Branagh
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.
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"
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
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
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
On 2 May 2009, a free public memorial tribute was held at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
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
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
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
Indira Varma - In 2013 she played Miss Cutts in "The Hothouse" by Harold Pinter in the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios
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
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