RSC revives Harold Pinter's The Homecoming

27 June 2011

The Homecoming
by Harold Pinter
28 July – 15 October 2011
The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB
Press Night: Wednesday 3 August at 7pm

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Premiered by the RSC in 1965, The Homecoming is considered by many to be Pinter's masterpiece. It is directed by David Farr, and is being revived as part of the RSC's 50th Birthday celebrations. It runs in repertoire in the Swan Theatre from 28 July until 15 October 2011.

David Farr, RSC Associate Director said: 'I directed the 50th anniversary production of The Birthday Party at The Lyric shortly before Harold died. He was very much involved, displaying that characteristic passion for the simple act of making theatre. To direct one of the first productions after his death is a great honour. To direct The Homecoming, which I think is possibly his greatest achievement, is a genuine thrill. It will be strange doing it without him.'

Jonathan Slinger and Aislín McGuckin, who are currently playing Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Michael Boyd's opening production in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre play Lenny and Ruth in The Homecoming. Nicholas Woodeson and Justin Salinger, who both appeared in David Farr's production of The Birthday Party join the ensemble to play Max and Teddy respectively. Des McAleer plays Sam and Richard Riddell plays Joey.

Eldest brother Teddy returns with wife Ruth to his North London home after six years in America. An unsettling show of one-upmanship develops as his father and brothers battle to impress her. Ruth finds herself increasingly comfortable in her new family, as savage psychological rivalry, fraught with sexual tension, escalates into a disturbing challenge to moral an social order.

The designer is Jon Bausor and lighting is by Jon Clark. The show is being set in the 1960s – the period in which it was written and first performed by the RSC.

Alongside this production of The Homecoming – and marking Pinter's birthday – there will be a special Pinter Week consisting of:

A Celebration – Harold Pinter's Birthday
Monday 10 October at 7.30pm, Swan Theatre
RSC actors perform a selection of Pinter's work

Education Event – Playing Pinter
Friday 14 October, 10am – 4.30pm
A day long workshop in which Joe Harmston shares his experience of directing Pinter's texts based on his working relationship with the writer as director, actor and playwright. The day will concentrate on The Lover, The Collection and The Birthday Party

On Stage Event – Harold Pinter at the RSC
Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm
An evening to celebrate the impact Harold Pinter had on the work of the RSC. A chance to re-live some of the key moments in the writer's life
For further information please contact Nada Zakula in the RSC press office on 01789 412622 or 07831 766086 –

Or for regional media and press ticket enquiries, Dean Asker on 01789 412660 –

Date of issue: 27 June 2011

Notes to editors:

• The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation
• Tickets available from the RSC Box Office: 0844 800 1110,
• Production photographs will be available a few days after the first preview from
• Rehearsal images available from the RSC press office on request.

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