Richard Coyle, Gina McKee, Charlie Cox and Timothy West opened in the West End last night (29 January 2008, previews from 15 January) in a double bill of Harold Pinter’s rarely seen one-act plays, The Lover and The Collection, which has a limited season until 3 May at the Comedy Theatre (See News, 12 Dec 2007).

In 1962’s The Collection, adapted by Pinter from a television play, Harry (West) and dress designer Bill (Cox), who share a house in Belgravia, are disturbed by an anonymous phone call from James (Coyle), whose model wife Stella (McKee) has confessed to a one-night stand with Bill. In 1963’s The Lover, husband and wife Richard and Sarah (Coyle and McKee) use the fantasy of infidelity to spice up their romance, but the charade spills over into real life.

Jamie Lloyd, who directed the recent revival of Pinter’s The Caretaker at Sheffield Crucible and the Tricycle, helms the double bill, which is designed by Soutra Gilmour and produced by Howard Panter for the Ambassador Theatre Group, Tulchin/Bartner Productions and Sweet Pea Productions.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the curtain call at the Comedy Theatre and the post-show party at the Adam Street club along with the company and other first-night guests including Bob Geldof, Stephen Mangan, Jared Harris, Emilia Fox, Maurice Saatchi, Laura Wade, Samuel West, Prunella Scales and Georgia Mackenzie.

-by Terri Paddock

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