With both Gray and Pinter sadly passed away over the past year, it looks like it may fall to director Harry Burton to put right that bit of their shared history. Burton is working on a new production of The Late Middle Classes tipped for the autumn with a cast led by Janie Dee. All going to plan, it will bring Dee back into the West End following her current stint in Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind and a summer with Peter Hall’s company in Bath (See News, 17 Mar 2009).
Set in the early 1950s, The Late Middle Classes centres on Holly, a bright 12-year-old boy, whose snobbish and bored mother is being cheated on by her husband with her tennis partner, and whose piano tutor has an interest in him beyond the merely musical.
Incidentally, Harry Burton is no stranger to either Simon Gray or Harold Pinter. He’s already had success in the West End with his 2007 revival of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, starring Lee Evans. And he recently helmed the Simon Gray tribute at the West End’s Comedy Theatre, and will soon mount a similar evening in honour of Pinter in New York.