Pinter's People

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Pinter's People is a compilation of revue sketches or short prose works by Harold Pinter, which was performed for four weeks from 30 January 2007, at the Haymarket Theatre, in London, starring Bill Bailey, Geraldine McNulty, Sally Phillips, and Kevin Eldon. The show was assembled by Bailey and directed by Sean Foley.[1][2][3]

It included:

Critical response[edit]

The reviews were not good. Charles Spencer, in The Daily Telegraph described the show as "one of the most punishingly unfunny evenings I have ever endured in a theatre."[3] In The Guardian, Michael Billington commented, "Pinter’s people have been turned into lurching grotesques and the result does a grave disservice both to the writer and comic acting."[4] Benedict Nightingale in The Times wrote: "Last night I was sickened by some of the coarsest performances I have ever seen in a London playhouse", before going on to praise the second half of the show.[5] The Observer was more favourable however, mentioning "the great pleasures of the evening" and praised the performers.[6]

Pinter himself was quick to defend the cast and the show, saying "I'm all for it. I admire these people in Pinter's People. I really think they're a great bunch - they're so robust and energetic. I think they were terrific."[1]


  1. ^ a b Jury, Louise (2007-02-22). "Harold Pinter: Not a word out of place". Online edition. London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Pinter's People, Theatre Royal Haymarket". Newsnight review. BBC. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Charles (2007-02-02). "Pinter without subtlety and timing". Online edition. London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  4. ^ "What the critics are saying about Bill Bailey and co's comedic take on the Nobel laureate's characters. It's not pretty" Damman, Guy (2007-02-02). "Reviews roundup: Pinter's People". Online edition. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  5. ^ "But only in the second half does the cast calm down and let the audience listen, observe, ponder … Victoria Station comes off fine — and Night pretty well too. " Nightingale, Benedict (2007-02-03). "Pinter's People". Times Online. London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Comedian Bill Bailey's brainchild unites a starry cast and 47 years of Pinter sketches to touching, at times hilarious, effect" Kellaway, Kate (2007-02-04). "Miracle of the mundane". Online edition. London: The Observer. Retrieved 2009-06-16.