The Homecoming

by  Harold Pinter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

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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The Homecoming

by  Harold Pinter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 1f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, Nobel Prize Winning Playwright, From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

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

Reviews

REVIEWS

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

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Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: Summer. An old house in North London.

Casting

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.
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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008. (They were married in 1980). After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked as an actor under the stage name David Baron. Following his s ...

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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.

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