Harold Pinter

Playwright, poet and former actor Harold Pinter died on Christmas Eve. Pinter, he of the dramatic pause which revealed far more, was originally labelled as being one of those Angry Young Men. I read Pinter's biography a couple of years ago and was moved by his life in the East End during the thirties and forties. I loved The Caretaker and The Homecoming, both deliciously dark and loved him even more when I discovered that he had adapted one of my favourite novels, The French Lieutenant's Woman. A sure sign that Pinter's plays will move and challenge subsequent generations was proven when Matthew "Harry" Burton directed The Dumb Waiter in a highly successful 50th anniversary run at The Trafalgar Studios in 2007. Guardian obituary here.

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