A scathing and bitterly amusing attack on the increasingly powerful and narcissistic super-rich, set against the backdrop of terrifying state oppression, the highly pertinent Party Time is paired with Harold Pinter’s final play, Celebration.
Celebration is an irresistible comedy about the vulgarity and ostentatious materialism of the nouveau riche, set in a fashionable London restaurant. An evening of social satire that chimes with our times, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
The absolute contrast between both plays made the whole evening really dynamic showing two different ends of the universal flaws and desires of our human nature
Aside from the striking parallels of both plays with modern society, Party Time and Celebration, in this staging in particular can act as an ideal introduction to Harold Pinter, and can appeal to a much wider audience
It's vibrant entertainment with a pointedly resonant undertow
The whole cast are cooking with gas
They are given Rolls Royce productions of clarity and intelligence by an exceptional cast who, across both plays, seize on their rich caricatures like lions on raw meat
Jamie Lloyd can direct the hell out of a Harold Pinter play, and as his Pinter at the Pinter season heads towards the home stretch, the swaggering pizzazz of ‘Pinter Six’ is a real shot of adrenaline
The cast of nine are having so much fun that, for a crazy moment, I actually wanted to join them on stage
Prescient Pinter double-bill about the power of money to corrupt with an all-star cast
A cause for Celebration indeed
Starry cast bring shorter works into the spotlight