Pinter Begins Performances in Krapp's Last Tape at London's Royal Court Oct. 12

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Nobel laureate Harold Pinter begins performances in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Oct. 12.

The production, directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Ian Rickson, is one of the highlights of the theatre’s 50th anniversary season.

In Beckett’s short play, Krapp listens to the recording he made 30 years earlier in which he recounts a lost love. He attempts to record his current state of mind and descends into a despair close to the death it anticipates.

The production begins its run two days after Pinter’s 76th birthday on Oct. 10 and finishes on Oct. 24. There will be no performances on Oct. 15, 19 and 22.

Pinter’s plays include The Birthday Party, The Homecoming and The Caretaker. Last year in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Pinter angrily blamed President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair for thousands of innocent deaths and called for the two leaders to be held accountable.

Ian Rickson’s final production for the Court as artistic director will be Chekhov’s The Seagull, beginning Jan. 18, 2007, and starring Kristen Scott Thomas as Arkadina. Mackenzie Crook, best known in Britain from television’s “The Office” and internationally from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will play her angst-ridden son Konstantin. That production features a translation by Christopher Hampton, whose 2003 version of Three Sisters starred Thomas as Masha.

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