A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

THE DUMB WAITER

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Alice Hamilton

We’ve proved ourselves before now, haven’t we? We’ve always done our job. What’s he doing all this for? What’s the idea? What’s he playing these games for?

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19 Mar - 18 Apr 2020

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The presentation of the Hampstead Classics and Downstairs season is suspended until further notice. Read more.


Ben and Gus have a job to do. But as they await instructions in a derelict building, they start to receive strange messages via a dumb waiter. 

Originally premiered in January 1960 as part of the Hampstead Theatre Club’s first season, this seminal early comedy from Nobel Prize-winning British writer Harold Pinter returns to Hampstead, sixty years on.

Alice Hamilton’s directing credits include the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen and Paradise (both Hampstead Downstairs), The Weatherman (Park Theatre) and While We’re Here (Bush).

Philip Jackson plays Ben. His theatre credits include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), King Lear (Royal Court) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (RSC). His film credits include My Week with Marilyn and Little Voice and his television credits include The Good Karma Hospital and Poirot.

Harry Lloyd plays Gus. His theatre credits include Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic) and The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick). His film credits include The Wife and The Theory of Everything and his television credits include Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones and the forthcoming Brave New World.

The Dumb Waiter opens Hampstead Theatre’s Classics Season, celebrating 60 years of original theatre with the restaging of four major plays from our archive.

‘The most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation’
The Guardian on Harold Pinter

‘The productions… are unfaltering, the playing impeccable. If the Hampstead Theatre Club keeps to this standard, it not only deserves success it will command it’
Harold Hobson, Sunday Times, on the original Hampstead Theatre Club productions of The Dumb Waiter and The Room

(Harold Pinter, 1962 by Cecil Beaton ©The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's​)


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Artistic team

WRITER

HAROLD PINTER

DIRECTOR

 ALICE HAMILTON

Designer

JAMES PERKINS

LIGHTING

JAMES WHITESIDE

COMPOSITION AND SOUND

GILES THOMAS

CASTING

JULIET HORSLEY CDG

 

 

Cast

THE DUMB WAITER FEATURED ON RADIO 4'S TODAY PROGRAMME

Posted on 25 March 2020

As part of the segment 'The Show Must Go On', dedicated to performances postponed due to COVID-19, actors Philip Jackson and Harry Lloyd spoke to Mishal Husain and performed an extract from the 60th anniversary production of The Dumb Waiter on what would have been its opening night.

Previews, Mondays and matinees 
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Under 30s/Students: £10/15
Seniors* (matinees only): £20/£25
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Access: £16

*Ages 60+

Tuesday – Saturday evenings 
Full price: £25/£32/£37
Under 30s/Students: £10/£15
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free
Access: £16

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Video and Image Gallery

Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Alice Hamilton (Director) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Alice Hamilton (Director) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Alice Hamilton (Director) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Alice Hamilton (Director) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals
Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals Harry Lloyd (Gus) & Philip Jackson (Ben) | The Dumb Waiter: Rehearsals