Harold Pinter

Famous People from London – Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter, (born Oct. 10, 1930, London, Eng. His plays are noted for their use of understatement, little talk, reticence– and even silence– to communicate the substance of a character’s idea, which typically lies a number of layers below, and contradicts, his speech. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.

The son of a Jewish tailor, Pinter grew up in London’s East End in a working-class area. He attended Hackney Downs School (Formerly the Grocers Company School.

 

The Room (first produced 1957) and The Dumb Waiter (first produced 1959), his initial two plays, are one-act dramas that established the mood of comic menace that was to figure mainly in his later works. His initial full-length play, The Birthday Party (initially produced 1958; shot 1968), puzzled the London audiences and lasted just a week, however later on it was televised and restored effectively on the stage.

Harold Pinter - from Hackney Downs School

After Pinter’s radio play A Slight Ache (initially produced 1959) was adjusted for the stage (1961), his credibility was protected by his second full-length play, The Caretaker (initially produced 1960; filmed 1963), which developed him as more than just an additional practitioner of the then-popular Theatre of the Absurd. His next major play, The Homecoming (initially produced 1965), helped develop him as the originator of a distinct dramatic idiom. Such plays as Landscape (first produced 1969), Silence (initially produced 1969), Night (first produced 1969), and Old Times (initially produced 1971) practically got rid of exercising on show business. Pinter’s later successes included No Man’s Land (initially produced 1975), Betrayal (initially produced 1978), Moonlight (first produced 1993), and Celebration (first produced 2000). From the 1970s on, Pinter did much directing of both his own and others’ works.

Pinter’s plays are ambivalent in their plots, presentation of characters, and endings, however they are works of obvious power and creativity. They normally start with a pair of characters whose stereotyped relations and role-playing are interrupted by the entrance of a stranger; the audience sees the psychic reliability of the couple break down as their anxieties, jealousies, hatreds, sexual fixations, and loneliness arise from beneath a screen of strange yet normal discussion. In The Caretaker, for example, a wheedling, garrulous old tramp comes to cope with two neurotic brothers, among whom underwent electroshock therapy as a psychological client. The tramp’s efforts to develop himself in the family perturbed the precarious balance of the brothers’ lives, and they end up evicting him. The Homecoming concentrates on the return to his London house of an university professor who brings his wife to meet his brothers and dad. The lady’s presence exposes a tangle of rage and puzzled sexuality in this all-male family, but in the end she decides to stay with the father and his two sons after having actually accepted their sexual overtures without demonstration from her excessively detached husband.

Dialogue is of central significance in Pinter’s plays and is maybe the trick to his originality. His characters’ colloquial (” Pinteresque”) speech consists of oddly ambivalent and disjointed chat that is punctuated by resonant silences. The characters’ speech, hesitations, and pauses reveal not just their own alienation and the problems they have in connecting however also the many layers of meaning that can be included in even the most harmless declarations.

In addition to works for show business, Pinter wrote radio and television dramatization and a number of effective motion-picture screenplays. Among the latter are those for 3 films directed by Joseph Losey, The Servant (1963), Accident (1967), and The Go-Between (1970). He also composed the movie scripts for The Last Tycoon (1976), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), the screen version of his own play Betrayal (1983), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), and Sleuth (2007). Pinter was likewise a kept in mind poet, and his verse– such as that accumulated in War (2003)– often mirrored his political views and involvement in many sources. In 2007 Pinter was called a chevalier of the French Legion of Honour.

 

The Harold Pinter Theatre

Harold Pinter TheatreThe Harold Pinter Theatre opened on 15 October 1881 as the Royal Comedy Theatre. The theater’s credibility expanded through the First World War when C B Cochran and Andrew Charlot provided their popular review shows. The range of work at The Harold Pinter Theatre has been far reaching, from musical comedies to revival and experimental theater and includes hugely successful shows such as Savages starring Paul Scofield in 1973 and The Rocky Horror Show making its West End launching in 1979. Alan Bennett has appeared with Patricia Routledge in his Talking Heads and Stockard Channing appeared in Six Degrees of Separation, which gained finest play at the 1993 Olivier Awards.

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