October 04, 2010, 7:00 PM
Working with Pinter
Directed by Harry Burton
"For fifty years Harold Pinter has been at the centre of theatrical life not just in the UK, but all over the world. It is hard to
over-estimate the impact of his work.... Working With Pinter allows the audience unprecedented access to the rehearsal room to watch the playwright rehearsing extracts from his own works. The film is an attempt to capture something of the collaborative spirit that makes working with him a very special experience. To shed further light on Pinter's essential character, the playwright was filmed in conversation with his schoolfriend and theatrical collaborator of
over sixty years, Henry Woolf. Their talk adds greatly to this intimate and revealing portrait."
A discussion with director Harry Burton and Philoctetes film coordinator Matthew von Unwerth will follow the screening.
Harry Burton trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama and worked as an actor for 20 years. Theatre highlights include: Figaro and Leporello in Mozart's operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni at the Mozart Bicentennial Vienna Festival & BBC Television; Papageno in The Magic Flute in Hamburg; Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at The Crucible in
Sheffield; several Shakespeare seasons at The Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park; the European Premiere of Alan J. Lerner's On A Clear Day at The Bridewell Theatre; and the world premieres of Post Mortem by Noel Coward at the King's Head and Party Time by Harold Pinter at the Almeida.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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