Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter
Directed by John Malkovich
Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 before UK Tour
In 2005 Nobel laureate Harold Pinter was committed to reading a selection of his poems at a benefit for a women’s shelter at St Stephen Walbrook Church in London, but illness had impaired his speaking voice. He asked Julian Sands to step in — on the condition of spending time together, rehearsing the works.
Sands continued to read Pinter's poems and prose, occasionally performing them at fundraising events. Now, under the direction of John Malkovich, Julian Sands will re-present the work as a celebration of Harold Pinter.
With reflections, commentaries and anecdotes drawn from their time together, Sands opens the door between Pinter's poetry and theatre. Sands says: "In these spare but complex works there is an extraordinary revelation of subjective feeling - at once poignant, profound and often hilarious."