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Casting announced for Pinter's The Dumb Waiter at Hampstead Theatre

L-R: Philip Jackson, Alice Hamilton and Harry Lloyd. Photo credit: Chiara Wakely.

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THE full cast and creative team have been announced for Harold Pinter’s timeless black comedy The Dumb Waiter, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from March 19 to April 18, 2020.

We’ve proved ourselves before now, haven’t we? We’ve always done our job. What’s he doing all this for? What’s the idea? What’s he playing these games for?

Ben and Gus have a job to do. But as they await instructions in a derelict building, they start to receive strange messages via a dumb waiter.

Acclaimed stage and screen actors Philip Jackson and Harry Lloyd will play the roles of Ben and Gus, respectively, in this 60th anniversary production which marks the play’s world premiere at Hampstead Theatre in January 1960. Presented then in Hampstead Theatre’s first ever season, it was directed by its founder Artistic Director, James Roose Evans.

Philip Jackson is known to television audiences as Chief Inspector Japp in the long-running and highly successful Agatha Christie ITV series Poirot. His other screen credits include My Week with Marilyn, Brassed Off and Little Voice. His theatre work includes playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Harry Lloyd is known to Game of Thrones fans as Viserys Targaryen in the HBO series and as Will Scarlett in the 2006 BBC drama Robin Hood. His other screen credits include Doctor Who and The Theory of Everything and he is soon to appear in an American TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s sci-fi dystopian novel Brave New World. His theatre work includes Good Canary at The Rose, Kingston and Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic.

Alice Hamilton will direct this 60th anniversary production, after her recent success at the theatre with the Olivier-nominated Every Day I Make Greatness Happen (2018) and Paradise (2019). Hamilton is co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms and her other directing credits include Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse), The Weatherman (Park Theatre) and While We’re Here (Bush Theatre).

Hamilton said: “I am so excited to be making my debut on Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage with this brilliant play. This savagely funny two-hander is generally held to be one of the masterpieces of the last century, and I can’t wait to explore it with these two wonderful actors.”

Hamilton will be joined by designer, James Perkins, with lighting design by James Whiteside and composition and sound design by Giles Thomas.

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, said: “I am delighted to be opening Hampstead Classics with this remarkable play and once again sharing Pinter’s sharp wit with Hampstead audiences.”

The Dumb Waiter is suitable for ages 14+.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7722 9301 or visit

Image: L-R: Philip Jackson, Alice Hamilton and Harry Lloyd. Photo credit: Chiara Wakely.

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