Pinter 7: A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter

Pinter 7: A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter

4.1 (7) · Modern

Part of The Jamie Lloyd Company's season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays.

“Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer play guns for hire in the first of two one-act Pinter plays about power. Director Jamie Lloyd's season wraps up soon with the full-length (and rather serious) Betrayal (starring Tom Hiddleston) so don’t miss this opportunity to catch this pair of one-act comedies.”


The Pinter at The Pinter season culminates with two unmissable comedies that explore the political machinations of the powerful and the powerless.

When a mysterious figure enters their elegant country home, the lives of Flora and Edward are changed forever.

Gus and Ben, two hit-men, await their next job in a derelict building - but what is the cost of their quest for meaning?

A Slight Ache and The Dumb Waiter, both written in the late 1950s, are directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Critic reviews

Dyer and Freeman excel as gunmen in The Dumb Waiter and Jamie Lloyd’s staging of A Slight Ache, with John Heffernan and Gemma Whelan, is a revelation

The Guardian

Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman play Fifties hitmen discussing the finer points of racing, eccles cakes and Smith’s crisps

The Times

Trapped in a basement with Danny Dyer and Martin Freeman

The Telegraph

Strongly performed, if underpowered, double bill of Pinter's early plays of paranoia

The Stage

The short plays emphasise that and Lloyd deserves huge praise and acclaim for bringing them together in a season that has been both a treat and a revelation


Short play season concludes with skill and conviction in bleak double bill

Evening Standard

It's hard to credit the profusion of top talent that has been involved in this project over the past six months

The Independent

An enjoyable Danny Dyer helps Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season go out on a high

Time Out

Martin Freeman and Danny Dyer kill it as Pinter hitmen

Financial Times

The Dumb Waiter is superbly performed and, at many points, snort-like-a-horse funny


Date & time

Show ended
Thu 31 Jan - Sat 23 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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