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Old Times

Stage and Television Today, 9th April 1998

Harold Pinter’s laconic and brittle language has its own distinctive poetry. Its beat was caught by Ned Chaillet, director of ‘Old Times’ (R4, Monday March 16th), and the well-modulated cast of three. Julia Ormond and Michael Pennington were the elliptical husband and wife whose hostilities took on a new vigour with the appearance of an old friend (Cheryl Campbell).

This production emphasised Pinter’s use of language as a weapon in the guerrilla warfare of life. The participants did not converse so much as make pronouncements which underlined their solitariness.

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