The actor Ian Holm (pictured) is currently recovering from a minor operation, resulting in the delayed opening of the Gate Theatre Dublin's production of The Homecoming. This acclaimed new version of Harold Pinter's play was originally previewing from 11 September 2001 at London's Comedy Theatre.

Rehearsals are set to re-commence very shortly and previews will now start in the week of 17 September. A re-arranged press and opening night will be announced in due course. Holm was last seen in London in the National's 1998 production of King Lear which won him a hat trick of Best Actor awards (at the Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Oliviers).

Written in 1965, The Homecoming tells the story of a professor who returns to his childhood home in north London after teaching at an American university. He brings his sophisticated wife with him to meet his working class family. After opening in Dublin in July, this production of The Homecoming played the Lincoln Center in New York as part of the Harold Pinter Festival, where it played to sold-out houses and critical acclaim.

Pinter, one of Britain's greatest living playwrights, celebrates his 70th birthday next month and a number of high profile productions have been planned to mark the occasion. Pinter has already appeared himself in his new play, One for the Road, at the New Ambassadors, and the Royal Court have staged Mountain Language and Ashes to Ashes. In 2001/2002, Pinter will direct his classic, No Man's Land, at the National Theatre.

- by Gareth Thompson