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The Lover / The Collection

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  • Starring: David Suchet
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About The Lover / The Collection

Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

David Suchet

The Lover / The Collection description

Welcome to the Pinter at the Pinter season. The seventeen one-act Pinter plays being showcased in 2018/19 span seven different productions. They also cover the great man's glittering career, and they're being performed by a bunch of world-class actors including Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, David Suchet and Nicholas Woodeson. Many of them were great friends with the playwright, which makes this season even more special.

Direction for the productions is by Jamie Lloyd himself, joined by fellow directors Patrick Marber, Ed Stambollouian, Lyndsey Turner and Lia Williams. And it's on at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6th September 2018 to 23rd February 2019. If you're in the market for an unforgettable celebration of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian), here you are.

The Lover, like so much of Pinter's work, manages to be both serious and funny at the same time, a blend that very few writers achieve. You can see The Lover as either an ironic comedy or a tense drama – it works perfectly both ways. You start off thinking the play includes three characters, but in fact there are only two, wife and husband. The 'lover' is in fact the husband taking on a role, while the wife also plays the whore. We can't say more, since we'll spoil the plot, but suffice to say it's a rollercoaster of a ride and like all of Pinter's work, exceptionally clever.

Also written in the early 1960s, The Collection stars four characters: James, Stella, Harry and Bill. It's another classic Pinter comedy, typically ambiguous and rich in threat and danger thanks to the extraordinary colloquial language used, the seeming triviality of dialogue that isn't actually trivial at all, and the uncomfortably long pauses. Brilliant!

Who is this show for?
Best for mature over 16s, Pinter's work is complex and intellectual, created with grown-ups in mind. If you fancy treating yourself to a production or seven with sheer class at their heart and a whole lot to give, get tickets as soon as they're on sale to avoid disappointment.

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The Lover / The Collection reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

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Fantastic show

What a treat! We really enjoyed the double bill of Pinter. David Suchet gave a great performance, he always did, so did the rest of the cast. Highly recommended!

Reviewed on 07 October 2018 by , London, United Kingdom

illicit love in the 60s.

I first saw 'The Lover' in the 1970s. I remembered the apparent need for role-playing that heightened the excitement but at the same time, illustrated the difference between marital sex and illicit sex. 'The Collection' similarly presented marital sex as being perfunctory and gay sex (illegal at the time) as being more exciting.

Reviewed on 04 October 2018 by , Calgary, Canada


I thought they took The Lover too fast and treated it too much as farce. The silences and pauses should be much more threatening and pregnant and the transformation of the husband much more dramatic. No such criticism of the Collector. The young man, Jeff? Was splendid.

Reviewed on 14 September 2018 by , Twickenham, United Kingdom

01 Oct
Kit Benjamin

Review: PINTER TWO at The Harold Pinter Theatre

by Kit Benjamin | Monday, October 1 2018, 09:02

David Suchet in Pinter Two Pinter Two consists of two, relatively early one-act comedies by the man himself and is the second in a series of seven collections of Pinter’s shorter works being produced at the Harold Pinter Theatre over the next few months. The season appears to have had theatre and TV names queuing up to participate and is curated, and mostly directed, by Jamie Lloyd, who probably deserves some sort of medal.

Review: PINTER TWO at The Harold Pinter Theatre
26 Sep
Christian Durham

Preview Report: PINTER TWO at the Harold Pinter Theatre

by Christian Durham | Wednesday, September 26 2018, 15:02

Pinter at the Pinter - Two When you walk into the Pinter Theatre for Pinter Two of the Pinter at the Pinter season, you are faced with a huge, stark monolith on stage with the word Pinter hewn into it. The feeling of being present in the cathedral of this theatrical legend, verges on the mythical or saintly. Once you let go of that reverence, which Pinter himself would have probably thoroughly disapproved of, Jamie Lloyd’s idea to bring together all of his short plays into one star-studded season is a wonderful and rare opportunity to re-examine this writer and what he offers us.

Preview Report: PINTER TWO at the Harold Pinter Theatre