Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Hackney born, Harold Pinter, is to London's theatre world what a bottle of Amarone is to mine: peerless. With the recent success of Pinter's People, recognition as the greatest living British writer, the current hit Dumb Waiter (Trafalgar Studios) and next week's opening of The Caretaker (Tricycle Theatre), he is showing us who is boss.

But public ego rubs aside, there can be no greater respect for a writer than imitation. As such, the legacy of Harold Pinter is also being bigged up at The Young Writers Festival at the Royal Court where newbie Alexandra Wood's play, The Eleventh Capital (cast pictured here) has just opened. The plot centres around the dynamics of power in relationships and is very Pinteresque: obscene rage and deft silences. You can read a plot review in The Guardian today (here) or The Evening Standard (here.)

I found the 60 minute piece captivating, and left the Royal Court with a pre kick-off level of anticipation about theatre's life beyond Harold Pinter. Not to mention, the audience was young, trendy and very London. Not old, Tory and from the Shires. Could the future look any brighter?

The Eleventh Capital
Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Until 10th March
£15, book here


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pinter is legendary and yuo are right CS along with the hard-edged characters and the seemingly inconsequential chatter, the Pinter pause became a signature of his work. An adjective that described a mode of spartan verbal exchange -- Pinteresque -- was minted.

Will check this show out!

8:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great blog

8:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow sounds great City SLicker so you are to say that theatre is opening up to appeal to the masses?

12:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your blog misses :-)

12:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish I was in London to catch The Caretaker. Since its premiere in 1960, the play continues to captivate audiences around the world by delving into the dark crevices of the human condition and exposing the dysfunction of relationships. In typical Pinter style, the audience is seduced into sharing the characters' confusion and suspense over what could possibly happen next.

12:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great but how young do you have to be to get works included in festival? London is so on top of world in terms of theatre. So jealous :)

12:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds great and do love my daily City Slicker

1:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite Pinter line was when he likened George W Bush's administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, saying the US was charging towards world domination while the American public and Britain's "mass-murdering" prime minister sat back and watched.

7:27 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New playwrights should always be celebrated. Unlike the JD Rowlings of the world the chances for fame are rather slim so they really do write for love and no money! I hope the Royal Court offers them some dosh as well as a stage.

8:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not to mention, the audience was young, trendy and very London. Not old, Tory and from the Shires."

Love the wit CS

12:50 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

And with exquisite timing...more Pinter to come with today's announcement of the upcoming staging of Betrayal at the Donmar this Spring.

1:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhh the Betrayal is one of my all time favourites. Depressing, bleak, morose but so Pinter!

2:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the recent success of Pinter's People"... uh, are you sure? not only was the theatre nearly empty on the Saturday night we popped in and saw it, all we heard were people muttering about the awful reviews (and attributing the poor turnout on that), but it WAS awful. despite a good cast, it was crap. the reviewers thought so, too. What you meant to write was something along the lines of "the recent performances of Pinter's People", because i'm not sure it was a success!

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