In one of Harold Pinter’s last poems written for his beloved wife Antonia, he opened with the wonderful and devastating line: I shall miss you so much when I’m dead. And after his passing back in December of 2008, the world mourned the loss of one of the greatest writers of stage, screen, and page we’ve ever known. And since, there has been many a tribute to his brilliantly biting and fantastically intriguing work—namely Julian Sands one-man show A Celebration of Harold Pinter, as well as the group performance of Harold Pinter: A Celebration in June of 2009.
Taking place for one night only, Harold Pinter: A Celebration featured a handful of Britain’s most prominent actors, as they gathered together to commemorate his work at the National Theater in London. The cast included Michael Sheen, Colin Firth, Gina McKee, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Cranham, Susan Wooldridge, Henry Woolf, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Irons, Penelope Wilton, and Jude Law. Together, the group recited his poetry, presented selections from his plays, and opened with Stephen Rea reading the poem “Death.” Filmed for the BBC, you can watch the hour and a half long performance for yourself below. It’s a beautiful and devoted piece of a theater and one that certainly does justice to the incredible mind they’re memorializing.
Enjoy for yourself below, and for more Pinter, watch his remembrance of Samuel Beckett HERE.