Pinter’s play, first staged in London in 1960 and more recently revived in 2004 with Douglas Hodge’s Oxford Playhouse Production, is set in an airless basement where hit men Gus (Evans) and Ben (Isaacs) await details of their next victim.
In 2004 Evans starred as Bloom opposite Nathan Lane’s Max Bialystock in the London version of The Producers. The same year he appeared with Michael Gambon in Beckett’s Endgame. His screen credits include “Funny Bones” and “The Fifth Element.”
Isaacs is best known for his film work, most recently as Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies. Other screen credits include “Nine Lives” and “Black Hawk Down.” Onstage he appeared in Declan Donnellan’s National Theatre production of Kushner’s Angels in America, Craig Raine’s 1953 at the Almeida and Force of Change at the Royal Court.
The Dumb Waiter will be directed by Harry Burton, a long-time collaborator with Pinter. In February Burton will direct “Working With Pinter,” an intimate Pinter to be broadcast by the Channel Four offshoot More 4.
Nobel laureate Pinter - the auther of 29 plays including The Caretaker, The Birthday Party and The Homecoming - appeared at the Royal Court last October in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. A television version of Pinter's Celebration will also be broadcast on More 4 in February with a cast including James Bolam, Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Sophie Okonedo, Stephen Rea and Penelope Wilton. In 1987 Robert Altman directed John Travolta and Tom Conti in the film version of Pinter’s one-act play.
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