Landscape / A Kind of Alaska

Harold Pinter Theatre, London

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The Jamie Lloyd Company presents Landscape / A Kind of Alaska, starring Tamsin Greig and Keith Allen, 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 spellbinding plays that evoke the loneliness, isolation and the strange mists of time.

With echoes of the work of Samuel Beckett, Landscape is a minimalist marvel. A housekeeper, no longer young, is locked in a beautiful memory and her robust and extroverted ex-cellarman husband demands to be heard.

In A Kind of Alaska, a middle-aged woman named Deborah awakes from a twenty-nine-year sleep caused by the sickness Encephalitis Lethargica and is suspended between the conscious and unconscious worlds, trapped in the mind of a sixteen-year-old.

Landscape / A Kind of Alaska is booking from 25 October 2018 until 8 December 2018 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

Landscape

Set in the kitchen of a country house, this minimalist play focuses on the interaction, or lack of it, between a husband and wife. The two characters appear to be talking to one another, though neither seem to listen. The role of language resonates in Landscape as the action of play is paused. Beth reminisces about a past romantic affair and Duff talks of more practical matters, and finally demands to be heard.

A Kind of Alaska

Deborah wakes from a twenty-nine year coma with the mind of a sixteen-year-old and a body that has aged without her consent. Her sister Pauline and Pauline’s husband, Hornby, who has been Deborah’s devoted doctor of three decades and who may have fallen in love with her, attempt to ease her back into the present day, withholding secrets from her as they do.

Monologue

Lee Evans will perform the poignant Monologue and a selection of Pinter’s most hilarious comedy sketches, including the sketch Apart From That with Meera Syal.

Close friend and long-term Pinter collaborator Penelope Wilton will make 12 special guest appearances from 19 November, performing the witty monologue Tess, written for her by Pinter.

WHO’S IN IT? Landscape/ A Kind of Alaska CAST

Cast includes Keith Allen, Lee Evans, Tamsin Greig, Meera Syal and Penelope Wilton.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Jamie Lloyd (The Maids, The Homecoming, Richard III, Macbeth) with design by Soutra Gilmore.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “Greig shows nothing is now beyond her range while Evans’s physical comedy is a delight as this short-drama season highlights Pinter’s fascination with marital solitude” Guardian
★★★★ “Tamsin Greig, Lee Evans, Meera Syal and Janie Dee – give these productions their generous spirit of accessibility” Independent
★★★★ “From brittle incredulity to hallucinatory mystery” Evening Standard
★★★★ Daily Telegraph


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 8 December 2018

Important Notes

Penelope Wilton will perform Tess on 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24 (mat), 26th, 28th, 29th November and 1st (mat), 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th December




Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, 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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Lee Evans and Meera Syal board the Pinter at the Pinter season
Lee Evans and Meera Syal join the previously announced Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig in Landscape / A Kind of Alaska/ Monologue. Evans will come out of retirement to perform the poignantly witty Monologue and a selection of Pinter’s most hilarious comedy sketches. Evans and Syal will then perform, amongst other pieces, the sketch Apart From That, whilst Syal also joins Allen and Greig in A Kind of Alaska. Evans last performed Pinter’s work in 2007 when he starred in The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios. The multi award-winning actor and comedian said, "Working with Harold Pinter was one of the most incredibly exciting experiences of my life. Of course, I found Harold to be, along with his incredible wife Antonia, two of the most generous, kind and considerate people one could ever wish to meet; a couple so desperately keen to pass on anything they could to encourage and help young actors and directors, no matter who, what or where you might be from." He added "It didn’t matter to Harold - the most important thing to him was the work. Most of all, Harold loved it when his work allowed you, the performer, to shine. Thanks, Harold - my hero." The Pinter at the Pinter season by the Jamie Lloyd Company forms part of the Pinter 10 partnership with the BFI, The Harold Pinter Estate and Faber & Faber, which are all marking the 10th anniversary of Pinter’s death with a series of events celebrating the life of the most important British playwright of the 20th Century. Buy tickets for Landscape/A Kind of Alaska/Monologue Monologue will run alongside Landscape and A Kind of Alaska from 25 October 2018 until 8 December 2018 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

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