Sorry, A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter closed on 23 Feb 2019

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About the show

The Jamie Lloyd Company conclude their West End residency with a double-bill of Pinter’s finest comedies A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter, starring Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman. Featuring as part of the Pinter at the Pinter Season that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed playwright, the season stages Harold Pinter’s finest one-act plays in a series of striking double-bills.

Originally published in the late 1950’s, The Dumb Waiter features as the first play of the evening and is often described as one of Pinter’s best early plays. Following hit-men Gus and Ben, the action sees them waiting for their next job in the halls of a derelict building. But as they wait, what is the cost of their quest?

Tragicomedy A Slight Ache takes place within the fine country home of Flora and Edward, who are going about their daily business. Yet when a mysterious figure appears, their lives are irreversibly changed. Both plays are unmissable comedies that explore the politics and gap between the powerful and powerless. Remaining hugely pertinent to this day, the double-bill ensures that the season of plays ends with a strong dose of comedy.

Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman lead the cast, with further casting yet to be announced. Dyer is best-known for his role on EastEnders, with theatre credits including The Homecoming at the Almeida Theatre and No Man’s Land at the National Theatre. Freeman is well-known for his screen roles in The Hobbit series and BBC’s Sherlock, whilst his recent stage appearances include James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Offering an evening of irresistible comedy, A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter is the final production of the Pinter at the Pinter Season, which boasts star-studded casts and stellar creative teams under the leadership of Jamie Lloyd. The production plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 31 January 2019, with a press night on 6 February 2019.

Who Should See It?

Harold Pinter fans will be thrilled by this season, which stages some of the playwright’s lesser-known works as well as his finest plays. This is a great chance to see star-studded casts on stage.

A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter may not be suitable for children.

Playing at

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
Seating Plan

Harold Pinter Theatre seating plan

Booking period

31st Jan 2019

20th Jul 2019

23rd Feb 2019

Running time

2 hours (including interval)


No under 5s