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The Homecoming - Full Length Play, Drama

The Homecoming

Harold Pinter

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780802151056

Winner! Critics' Award for Best Play of the Year.

"Bizarre, ominous and taunting...A steadily absorbing, tantalizing and disturbing theatrical adventure. Enthralling." - New York Post

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Full Length Play


Settings Of Play - Summer. An old house in North London.


Interior Set




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Tony, Nobel Prize Winning Playwright, From Broadway

WINNER! 1967 Tony Award for Best Play
WINNER! Critics' Award for Best Play of the Year

In an old and slightly seedy house in North London there lives a family of men: Max, the aging, crude patriarch, his ineffectual brother Sam and two of Max's three sons, both unmarried- Lenny, a small-time pimp and Joey, who dreams of success as a boxer. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son Teddy, now a successful professor of philosophy in America. After six years abroad, Teddy brings his wife Ruth, to meet the family for the first time. In the style that became a trademark, Pinter creates mounting tension, with insidiously bizarre accusations and proposals by the men to Ruth, The Homecoming gives way to an ominous game of cat and mice.


"Bizarre, ominous and taunting...A steadily absorbing, tantalizing and disturbing theatrical adventure. Enthralling." - New York Post


True and False: Harold Pinter’s HOMECOMING in a Post-Factual World
by Ben Coleman 
January 26, 2017

The Homecoming premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in June of 1965 under the direction of Peter Hall. It transferred to The Music Box Theatre on Broadway in 1967.



5m, 1f

MAX - a man of seventy.
LENNY - a man in his early thirties, Max's son.
SAM - a man of sixty-three, Max's brother.
JOEY - a man in his middle twenties, Max's son.
TEDDY - a man in his middle thirties, Max's son.
RUTH - a woman in her early thirties, Teddy's wife.
Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930 and died on Christmas Eve, 2008. He was married to Antonia Fraser. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, twenty-one screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Sleuth, and directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David ... view full profile

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Tash O'Neal 5/13/2013 9:44 PM
Perversion, voyeurism, moral corruption (one need not mention infidelity after this)....not the actual act of sex, seem to be the only release of the pent up sexual energy and frustration.
Yet the suggestions of sex and incest do not repulse me so much. I was afraid they might but they didn't.

Teddy, the eldest of the three sons of Max, with his wife, Ruth, comes from America to his home in England where the two sons Lenny and Joey live with Max and possibly Max's brother Sam too lives in the same house. Their mother is no more.

The craft of the play, the alacrity with which the oedipal complex simmers under the surface and the insights into fragility and deprivation rivet the mind. So many things seem to happen all at once that the play commands a rereading and many performances.

Because its yet another example that the very worst dregs of inhumanity exist to teach us lessons and insights into our own blind spots. No matter how far we may differ from them socio-economically fact remains - if the play was written for human beings and about human beings, there are questions that you cannot run away from.

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