Celebration is presented by the Gate Theatre, Dublin, which marked Pinter’s birthday last month with productions of Old Times and Betrayal as well as a star-studded weekend series of readings, in which Pinter himself took part. Prior to this year, the Gate has mounted two festivals of Pinter’s work, in 1994 and 1997, and curated a third at the Lincoln Center, New York in 2001. For the West End presentation, the Gate has partnered with producer Sonia Friedman.
In Celebration, which had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in 2000, two couples meet to celebrate a wedding anniversary in a restaurant where, at a separate table, a younger couple are raking over infidelities. All of the high-profile Albery cast have appeared in Pinter plays in the past.
In addition to Celebration, Pinter’s most famous works include The Room (1957), The Birthday Party (1958), The Dumb Waiter (1959), The Caretaker (1960), The Lover (1962), The Homecoming (1965), No Man's Land (1975), Mountain Language (1988), Moonlight (1993) and Ashes to Ashes (1996). He was appointed CBE in 1966 and became a Companion of Honour in 2002.
- by Terri Paddock