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A great performance, wtih one reservation
on 22 June 2009
This is an early Pinter play, almost a youthful caprice: it's almost a comedy, but - as you'd expect - with disturbing echoes. The cast is excellent: it's hard to think of how three of the roles could be better played than they are here by Alan Bates, Helen Mirren and Malcolm McDowell. I have reservations about Olivier, though: he doesn't always have the restraint that Pinter requires and though he gives a very exciting rendering of Harry Kane, here, I can't help thinking it's not quite what Pinter was asking for. Sample his final 'big speech' to see what I mean.
Otherwise, though, this is strongly recommended.