To celebrate Harold Pinter's 75th Birthday and his receiving the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, The Gate Theatre Dublin presented a reading by leading British actors of Pinter's play Celebration at the Albery Theatre for three nights only.
Directed by Alan Stanford, the cast was Sinead Cusack (Prue), Janie Dee (Suki), Michael Gambon (Lambert), Jeremy Irons (Russell), Joanna Lumley (Sonia), Stephen Rea (Waiter), Kenneth Cranham (Matt), Charles Dance (Richard) and Penelope Wilton (Julie), all of whom have previously appeared in Pinter's plays.
In his seventy fifth year, award-winning playwright, screen writer, director and actor Harold Pinter received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature which he collected in Stockholm. He was appointed CBE in 1966 and became a Companion of Honour in 2002.
The Gate Theatre has a unique association with Harold Pinter, having presented two festivals of his work, in 1994 and 1997, and curated a third at the Lincoln Center, New York in 2001, all of which Pinter himself participated in. In October the Gate marked Pinter's 75th birthday by producing Old Times and Betrayal, and, on the weekend of his birthday many actors associated with his work travelled to Dublin for readings of a selection of plays, poetry and prose spanning over 50 years, in which Pinter himself took part.
The Gate Theatre Dublin's partner in this venture is Sonia Friedman Productions. Both the Gate Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions have collaborated on many productions in the West End, including The Home Place by Brian Friel, Afterplay by Brian Friel, Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and See You Next Tuesday by Ronald Harwood. Together they presented the Gate Theatre Dublin's production of Brian Friel's Faith Healer in New York starring Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid, directed by Jonathan Kent.