Ashes to Ashes - Premiere

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First produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London 12 September 1996

Devlin - Steven Rea
Rebecca - Lindsay Duncan

Directed by Harold Pinter

Designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting - Mick Hughes
Costume - Tom Rand
Sound - Tom Lishman


Ashes to Ashes takes us on a mysterious, sinister and hypnotic journey. More and more emerges, without our ever being able to latch on to something that would count as a journalistic fact. Unusually, as you watch it, you get the sense of the characters revealing themselves to us at exactly the same point as they revealed themselves to the author.



Lindsay Duncan and Stephen Rae
photo Ivan Kyncl

It's as if he were making it up as he went along - and only Pinter could get away with it. Yet for all its atmosphere of uncertainty, Ashes to Ashes is utterly sure of itself - poised, deliberate, concentrated - giving off an intensely troubled air of things going on, and things held back, too painful to speak of. Like a painting or piece of music, it doesn't explain itself. It simply exists: as masterly dialogue, superb acting and precisely focused direction (by Pinter himself). It's only an hour in length, so you have the rest of the evening to ponder what it is about. You'll need it.
Independent on Sunday 22 September 1996
with kind permission Independent on Sunday

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