Pinter at the double
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, Wednesday, May 16, 8pm. Tickets £12/£10 at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ theatres or on 01245 606505.
A DOUBLE bill of Harold Pinter plays is in store at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford this week.
European Arts Company present two classic short, black comedies, The Dumb Waiter and The Lover by the Nobel prize winning writer who was one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century.
In The Dumb Waiter, two hit men, Ben and Gus, are waiting in a basement to do a job. Strange messages keep appearing via a serving hatch making the assassins curious about who's sending them, what they're waiting for and who their next victim is. A fantastic mix of comedy and menace, this classic Pinter one act play from 1960 was revived in 2007 by Lee Evans and Jason Isaacs. The Cramphorn production offers a great chance to see this engrossing play in an intimate setting.
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The Lover is about Richard and Sarah, a married couple who seem to have settled lives and routines but things are not quite what they seem as fantasy and reality blur.
As with many of Pinter's plays, The Lover has serious and comic sides to it and can be taken either way, leaving the audience to puzzle over its meaning.