31 Jan 2008 - 22 Mar 2008

The Homecoming

By Harold Pinter

Directed By Michael Attenborough

Tickets: £6 - £29.50

production information

"The foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the twentieth century"  
The Swedish Academy citation on awarding Harold Pinter the Nobel Prize for Literature 2005.

Set in an all male household in North London, Pinter’s play explores the reaction of the family to the homecoming of the eldest son and his wife.

The Homecoming received its world premiere at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1965 directed by Peter Hall. It has subsequently been produced on stage world wide in many languages. In 1965 Hall directed a film version and in March 2007 Thea Sharrock directed it for Radio 3 with Harold Pinter as Max.

Michael Attenborough is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, his recently acclaimed productions include The Mercy SeatThe Late Henry Moss, Enemies, There Came A Gypsy Riding, Big White Fog, and most recently Awake and Sing!

Dates & Tickets

Talkback
Wed 19 March
Stay in the auditorium after the performance to have your questions answered by members of The Homecoming company.

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Kenneth Cranham (Max) was last at the Almeida in Richard Eyre’s production of The Novice. His more recent theatre credits include Gaslight at the Old Vic, Endgame at the Gate Theatre and The UN Inspector at the National Theatre. His other theatre credits include the National Theatre’s productions of Flight, Cardiff East and the title role in An Inspector Calls which he also performed in the West End and on Broadway. He has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, most recently he played Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal. His television work comprises Warriors, Hussle, Rome, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Our Mutual Friend, Lady Audley’s Secret and the title role in Shine on Harvey Moon. His film work includes Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Trauma, Gangster No 1, The Boxer, On Dangerous Ground and Prospero’s Books.

★★★★ ...well worth catching

Mail on Sunday

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Michael Attenborough’s excellently acted production… undoubtedly indecently entertaining.

Daily Telegraph

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Michael Attenborough’s production is exemplary.  It is pitch perfect… Jenny Jules is perfection.

The Observer

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★★★★ ...sharp, sleek and shocking as ever… beautifully executed in Michael Attenborough’s excellent production.

Financial Times

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★★★★ Michael Attenborough’s revival does full justice to the play’s below-the-belt observation and flyblown wit… Kenneth Cranham is simply terrific… the most fearsome Max I have seen.

The Times

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★★★★ Michael Attenborough’s production imparts fresh narrative tension... Miss Jules is laden with sex appeal and radiates a poised inscrutability… Attenborough captures the humour in Pinter’s black comedy

Evening Standard

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★★★★ ... fine character acting

Time Out

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...despite the play’s age it’s impossible in Michael Attenborough’s pacy production not to feel chilled…Attenborough captures wonderfully a sense of psychosexual menace.  

Metro

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...Michael Attenborough's excellent revival.

The Guardian

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★★★★ ... bitterly funny, powerful revival

The Independent

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Cast & Creatives

Kenneth Cranham
Neil Dudgeon
Danny Dyer
Jenny Jules
Nigel Lindsay
Anthony O'Donnell

Director Michael Attenborough
Design Jonathan Fensom
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound John Leonard

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