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Masterclass

mcThe plays of Harold Pinter with Ian Rickson

The plays of Harold Pinter with Ian Rickson

‘If there was only one director I had to work with for the rest of my career, it would be Ian Rickson.’ – Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award Winning Actress


Ian Rickson is regarded as one of the greatest directors working in the theatre today. As the Artistic Director of the prestigious Royal Court Theatre in London from 1998-2006, he programmed work by Harold Pinter and directed the playwright in his final appearance. He has also directed many of Pinter’s plays, including ‘The Hothouse’ at the National Theatre, ‘Betrayal’ and ‘Old Times’ on the West End.

Kristin Scott Thomas directed by Ian Rickson

The Masterclass

In this three-day Masterclass Actors will work on scenes from the acclaimed plays of Harold Pinter.

Harold Pinter is one of the finest playwrights of our time. His career spanned over 50 years in theatre and film. He wrote 29 plays, 21 screenplays and directed 27 theatre productions. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world.

‘Pinter was an artist who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.’ – Horace Engdahl

This is an exploratory Masterclass conducted in a rehearsal environment. Ian will direct actors with the objective to illuminate character and the intentions underpinning Harold Pinter’s plays.

Ian Rickson talks about directing Hugh Jackman in The River

Ian Rickson’s Credits Include

Mouth to Mouth (West End), The Weir (West End & Broadway), Pale Horse and Mojo (at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Hedda Gabler (Broadway), The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan (The Royal Court and Broadway), The Olivier and Tony Award winning production of Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End & Broadway), The Children’s Hour with Ellen Burstyn, Keira Knightly and Elizabeth Moss and most recently Ian directed Hugh Jackman in the River on Broadway.

 

Ian Rickson talks about directing Harold Pinter in his final appearance