Taken into hospital on Monday, playwright Harold Pinter, who has been battling cancer for years, is not attending this week’s Nobel Prize festivities in Stockholm. However, ahead of being officially presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature at Saturday’s awards ceremony (10 December 2005), the first British playwright to be accorded such an honour, Pinter has recorded his Nobel lecture. The lecture, which will be introduced by fellow playwright David Hare, takes place this afternoon (Wednesday 7 December 2005) at 5.30pm in Stockholm. The lecture will be broadcast live by Channel 4’s digital channel More4 and repeated again tonight at 8.30pm UK time. There will be a live webcast on the official Nobel Prize website, where a written transcript will also be available later today. Pinter’s Nobel Prize win was announced in October just days after his 75th birthday (See News, 13 Oct 2005). The occasion has been nominated for Theatre Event of the Year in Whatsonstage.com’s Theatregoers’ Choice Awards (click here to vote now!).