About the showThe Jamie Lloyd Company continue their West End residency at the Harold Pinter Theatre with a double-bill of satirical comedies Party Time and Celebration. Featuring as part of the Pinter at the Pinter Season that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, the season brings to life some of Harold Pinter’s finest one-act plays in a series of double-bills starring celebrity actors.
Party Time is the first of the two plays of the evening and is one of Pinter’s later socio-satirical works that is a bitterly amusing, but scathing, attack on the increasingly narcissistic and unjustly powerful super-elite. Guaranteed to resonate with modern audiences, the pertinent piece takes place against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression.
Originally published in 1999, Celebration marks the final play of Harold Pinter’s expansive career. A satirical comedy that pushes class boundaries and pokes fun at the upper-classes, Celebration is directed by Jamie Lloyd and comments on the vulgarity and ostentatious nature of the materialistic super-rich, all set within a fancy London restaurant.
Celia Imrie, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Abraham Popoola star in the double-bill. Imrie most recently appeared in the West End opposite Glenda Jackson in the Old Vic’s King Lear, whilst Oberman has credits including Present Laughter at Chichester Festival Theatre and Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre. Abraham Popoola has credits including Pity at the Royal Court and Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre. Casting also includes Ron Cook, John Simm, Gary Kemp and Phil Davis.
Contrasting pieces that offer a striking evening of social satire and irresistible comedy, Party Time / Celebration features as part of the Pinter at the Pinter Season, which boasts star-studded casts and stellar creative teams under the leadership of Jamie Lloyd. The production runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 20 December 2018 to 26 January 2019, with a press night on 4 January 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.
Party Time / Celebration may not be suitable for children.