The Common Pursuit by Simon Gray, The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 28 June 1984

This production was documented by Simon Gray in his Journal An Unnatural Pursuit and Other Pieces, London: Faber and Faber, 1985.

Harold Pinter, Ian Ogily and Robert East

Set designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting designer - Dave Horn
Costume designer - Liz Waller

Stuart - Nicholas le Prevost
Marigold - Nina Thomas
Martin - Ian Ogilvy
Nick - Robert East
Peter - Simon Williams
Humphry - Clive Francis


"The morning was spent with [...] a collaborative reblocking, Harold letting the actors move as they felt inclined, guiding them rather than directing them into positions. I thought it was invaluable, the scenes he got through becoming both more comfortable and more expansive, the rooms seeming to be inhabited at last by friends who had conversations rather than by actors who spoke lines to each other."

Simon Gray, An Unnatural Pursuit and Other Pieces, London: Faber and Faber, 1985, p.118.

"When six actors on one stage give forth with such delicate ensemble subtelty, there has to be an unseen force at work behind the scenes. Here it is Harold Pinter, who has directed with impeccable authority."

Jack Tinker, The Daily Mail, 9 July 1984.

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