Laurence Olivier Presents: The Collection + The Lover
Two couples discuss what happened in a Leeds hotel room, plus a long-term relationship needs spicing up.
Laurence Olivier Presents: The Collection
Dir Michael Apted
With Laurence Olivier, Helen Mirren, Alan Bates, Malcolm McDowell
First seen on television in 1961, and later on stage, this is a classic Pinter play that seems to be about the elusiveness of truth. It also shows, as two couples seek to resolve what took place one night in a Leeds hotel room, how people manipulate the unverifiable to their own advantage. Olivier, in a stellar cast, is unforgettable as a vindictive couturier.
Dir Joan Kemp-Welch
With Vivien Merchant, Alan Badel
A brilliant play that suggests Noel Coward crossed with Jean Genet: a study in the way any long-term relationship needs to be sustained by fantasy and illusion. Pinter also revealingly suggests, as in The Collection, that women more easily cope with sexual roleplay and contain more equilibrium than men. Merchant and Badel are impeccable as a well-heeled couple spicing up the monotony of monogamy.