Preview - The Homecoming
“They’re very warm people, really. Very warm. They’re my family. They’re not ogres”
Opening tonight, Harold Pinter’s 1960s masterpiece is widely regarded as his finest play. This bleakly funny exploration of family and relationships has become a modern classic and winner of the Tony Award for Best New Play.
Teddy, a professor in an American university, returns to his childhood home accompanied by his wife, Ruth, to find his father, uncle and brothers still living there. In the subsequent series of encounters, life becomes a barely camouflaged battle for power and sexual supremacy fought out with taut verbal brutality. Who will emerge victorious – the poised and elegant Ruth or her husband’s dysfunctional family?
Star of BBC’s Gavin & Stacey, Mathew Horne (Death in Paradise, Bad Education, Agatha Raisin), is perfectly cast as Lenny, Teddy’s enigmatic brother.
Versatile actor, comedian and musician Keith Allen (The Comic Strip presents... , The Pembrokeshire Murders, Pinter 3 in the West End) plays the brutal patriarch, Max.
Teddy is played by Sam Alexander whose recent TV appearances include Rhys in Emmerdale and on stage The Watsons, (Chichester Festival Theatre), Lady in the Van and Racing Demon (both Theatre Royal Bath).
Four-time Olivier Award nominee Ian Bartholomew (Into The Woods, Radio Times, Mrs Henderson Presents, Half a Sixpence, Coronation Street) plays Sam.
Tickets and details are available from https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/the-homecoming/