The Lover / The Collection

Harold Pinter Theatre, London

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The Jamie Lloyd Company presents The Lover / The Collection, starring David Suchet and John Macmillan, as part of its extraordinary season of one-act plays by Harold Pinter at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Celebrating the legacy of one of the “most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation” (The Guardian), Jamie Lloyd directs these two comedic masterpieces that explore sex, lies and seduction.

Playful and provocative, The Lover features a conventional, suburban couple in unconventional circumstances.

The Collection, hailed by Laurence Olivier as one of the most outstanding plays of the 20th Century, is funny, tense, and packed “Pinteresque” ambiguity and menace.

The Lover / The Collection is booking from 13 September 2018 until 20 October 2018 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.


The Lover

Revealing and provocative, a conventional suburban couple create fictional lovers to spice up their marriage. When the line between fiction and reality blurs, suddenly the husband is not quite her husband, he blurs into the lover, and the wife must seduce him now as a wife, not as a mistress.

The Collection

Analysing the subtle ways that the English exploit and manipulate each other, The Collection delves into the intriguing mystery of two London couples linked by sexual desire and a quest for supremacy. Hilarious, nail-biting, and packed with menace, this is one of Pinter’s comedic triumphs

Stella returns from a business trip to tell her husband, James, that she has slept with Bill. James confronts Bill, pressing for the truth, already determined to believe the worst. Bill denies everything but then confesses in detail. Meanwhile, Harry, Bill’s friend confronts Stella, who denies everything and accuses James of making it up.  Did they or didn’t they?


Cast includes John Macmillan, Hayley Squires, David Suchet and Russell Tovey.

David Suchet is known the world-over for playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’. Suchet’s extensive theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and All My Sons.

John Macmillan previously collaborated with Jamie Lloyd in Pinter’s The Homecoming, and most recently in Killer at Shoreditch Town Hall. Other theatre credits include Yerma alongside Billie Piper, Children’s Children (Almeida), Macbeth (Royal Exchange) and Michael Grandage’s production of Hamlet (West End/Broadway)


Directed by Jamie Lloyd (The Maids, The Homecoming, Richard III, Macbeth).

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 October 2018
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Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453

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