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Comedian Lee Evans is stepping out of retirement to perform at the Harold Pinter theatre this autumn as part of an unprecedented celebration of the playwright’s short plays.
He will appear alongside stage and screen favourite Meera Syal as part of an eclectic mixed bill that also features the previously announced Keith Allen and Tamsin Greig from 25 October.
Evans will perform the poignant, witty Monologue, as well as a selection of Pinter’s funniest sketches. He also joins Syal in the sketch Apart From That along with other pieces on the night. Syal then joins Aleen and Greig in A Kind of Alaska.
The multi-award-winning actor and comedian Evans last performed Pinter’s work in 2007 when he starred in The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios.
Lee Evans said: “Working with Harold Pinter was one of the most incredibly exciting experiences of my life. Of course, I found Harold to be, along with his incredible wife Antonia, two of the most generous, kind and considerate people one could ever wish to meet; a couple so desperately keen to pass on anything they could to encourage and help young actors and directors, no matter who, what or where you might be from. It didn’t matter to Harold – the most important thing to him was the work. Most of all, Harold loved it when his work allowed you, the performer, to shine. Thanks, Harold – my hero.”
Pinter at the Pinter is an unparalleled event featuring the short plays written by the greatest British playwright of the 20th Century, in the theatre that bears his name. They have never been performed together in a season of this kind. Each play runs for a limited number of performances.
The season will be presented in repertoire by a world-class cast, many of whom were Harold Pinter’s friends and frequent collaborators. The cast includes Keith Allen, Jessica Barden, Ron Cook, Phil Davies, Danny Dyer, Paapa Essiedu, Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, John Macmillan, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, Kate O’Flynn, Jonjo O’Neill, Abraham Popoola, Sir Antony Sher, John Simm, Hayley Squires, Maggie Steed, David Suchet, Meera Syal, Luke Thallon, Russell Tovey, Penelope Wilton and Nicholas Woodeson.
Tickets for the Pinter at the Pinter season are on sale now. Get yours through Ticketmaster.co.uk