Last chance to see The Homecoming by Harold Pinter at Trafalgar Studios
Harold Pinter’s enigmatic masterpiece, The Homecoming, will end its run at Trafalgar Studios on 13 February. The acclaimed production opened in November in the 50th anniversary year of the multi award-winning modern classic, marking a return to the West End for The Jamie Lloyd Company.
Director Jamie Lloyd will interview Michael Billington, theatre critic and author of The 101 Greatest Plays, in a post-show Q&A on 28 January.
Taking place at Trafalgar Studios, the event will see Jamie Lloyd and Michael Billington discussing Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Billington is widely considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Pinter and the conversation will cover the play’s history, themes and the playwright himself. The event is one of a series in the Traf Extras season, which is designed to build a deeper understanding of, and connection with, the onstage action. The 30 minute discussion starts at 9.45pm and is free for ticket holders attending the evening’s performance.
Widely regarded as Pinter’s finest play, the dangerous and tantalisingly ambiguous world of The Homecoming is a crackling hotbed of visceral tension. Celebrated as one of the leading interpreters of Pinter’s work, director Jamie Lloyd has assembled an impressive cast in this dynamic production.
The Homecoming stars Keith Allen (Sam), Gemma Chan (Ruth), Ron Cook (Max), Gary Kemp (Teddy), John Macmillan (Joey) and John Simm (Lenny) and is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Richard Howell and sound by George Dennis.
A unique contemporary masterpiece of the 20th Century, the 50th anniversary production continues The Jamie Lloyd Company’s reputation for presenting compelling drama that sparks passionate debate.
As with The Jamie Lloyd Company’s previous productions, all tickets for Monday performances are £15. Half of these have been made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted at schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half are released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, and are available online or at the Trafalgar Studios box office.
When Teddy returns from America to introduce his wife Ruth to his family in London, they discover a claustrophobic and brutal household where his father Max, brothers Lenny and Joey and Uncle Sam live in a state of mutual loathing and festering resentment. Theirs is a motherless, compassionless and lawless home where Ruth immediately becomes the centre of attention. Pinter’s sinister masterpiece simmers with suspense and rings with savage humour as Ruth navigates her way between the roles of predator and prey in an incisive battle of wills.
Photo: Marc Brenner