Harold Pinter is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer of the esophagus, The Daily Telegraph reported. The famed 71-year-old British playwright, actor and director, who penned Betrayal, The Homecoming, The Birthday Party and more, is still planning to direct and appear in two performances of his short works at the National Theatre's Lyttleton Theatre Feb. 8 and 11. The Daily Telegraph quoted his agent saying he is in chemotherapy, and friends have said the writer has no plans to retire.
In the Lyttleton performances, Pinter is expected to act in the premiere of a monolog, Press Conference, the details of which are not known. A revival of Pinter's No Man's Land, directed by the author, is currently running at the Lyttleton.
Pinter is married to Lady Antonia Fraser.
— By Kenneth Jones