Arts and Entertainment Jamie Lloyd has become the youngest director to break into The Stage 100 power list since Sam Mendes

Jamie Lloyd has become the youngest director to break into The Stage 100 power list since Sam Mendes.

LEADERS OF THE PACK / The fathers of invention: Play Of The Year

TWO LOST playwrights - Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter - bounced back in 1993; both filled large theatres without making artistic concessions. Pinter's Moonlight was a terrific acting piece with the bonus of relaunching Ian Holm in the fieriest performance of his life. The play itself, though, with its short-winded spurts of invention and strings of synonymous phrases, is a strained exercise in self-imitation.

ART / Golden triangle: Next Sunday is the 30th anniversary of the film 'The Servant'. It was the beginning of a beautiful collaboration between Joseph Losey, Harold Pinter and Dirk Bogarde. Drawing on old letters and new interviews, David Caute tells their story

JOSEPH LOSEY reached England in January 1953, a 44-year-old fugitive. His second marriage was shattered and so was his career. A former member of the American Communist party, he had evaded a subpoena from the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. His name was on the Hollywood blacklist: no American distributor would touch him. He was rescued by his fellow exile Carl Foreman, who adopted the pseudonym Derek Frye and set to work with Losey on a screenplay that Losey later described as 'a lousy cheap story . . . sort of bedtime reading for senile stags'. This was The Sleeping Tiger.

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Show People / Gracious goodness . . .: Douglas Hodge

THE 19th-century doctor travelled to London every day on the three o'clock train from Dorset. Young ladies in the carriage could not but remark him: the coal curls, the perfect candour of his pale blue eyes, the sweet hoarseness in the voice, the way worry would pucker his chin. There was a lot to fret about: his impetuous marriage to the social- climbing Rosamond, his ruined reputation, and then there was the small matter of reaching Waterloo and hailing a cab to the Comedy Theatre where he would pose once again as a psychotic rent-boy at the behest of a Mr Harold Pinter.

Books: Independent Foreign Fiction Award: Sorcerer in the national night: Nick Caistor talks to Barbara Bray, translator of The Palace of Dreams by Ismail Kadare (Harvill, 7.99)

'ISMAIL KADARE writes in a minority language about a hidden culture: Albania,' says his translator Barbara Bray. 'To get his message out he has to be something of a witch, a sorcerer.' Bray herself, working from the French version of The Palace of Dreams without reference to the original Albanian edition, describes her own task in similar terms when she speaks of the obligation to explore beyond the ambiguities of the words on the page and 'enter into a kind of trance to work out what the author was really driving at'.

THEATRE / The decline of the West: Paul Taylor on home truths in The Dearly Beloved at Hampstead and fundamental reality in Himself at Southampton

FROM the Agamemnon of Aeschylus to The Homecoming of Harold Pinter, returning to the family hearth after years elsewhere has a habit, in drama, of proving a far from unmixed pleasure. The Dearly Beloved, Philip Osment's fine new play at Hampstead, follows one of the classic patterns of the story-type. Local boy made good (Alaric, a middle-aged freelance television producer) comes back to visit his mother in a small West Country town where his presence - stirring forgotten dreams and reviving animosities - brings home to his old friends who stayed put there the various ways in which their lives have failed. The resulting comedy of prickly rivalries, injured egos and ruffled feathers eventually takes a tragic turn, forcing Alaric himself to face the fact that he is not quite the success story everyone thought.

Letter: Turkish responsibility for Kurdish fears

Sir: Following your report 'Talks may end Kurdish war' (3 April) of the ceasefire announced by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kurdish area of Turkey, we are writing to draw attention to the urgent necessity for a constructive response from the Turkish government. It is now acknowledged on all sides that the ceasefire has held since 20 March and the PKK has recently extended it without limit of time at a press conference.

FILM / The jury is still out on Joseph K: Tempers are fraying behind the scenes of Harold Pinter's film adaptation of The Trial, with Kyle Maclachlan as Joseph K. But then problems have beset Kafka's novel ever since his death in 1924, as Leo Burley reports

FOR THE city of Prague, 9 May 1993 was to have been an auspicious date. Vaclav Havel, the playwright and former president of what was Czechoslovakia, had agreed to welcome a host of international worthies to the world premiere of a new film version of Franz Kafka's The Trial on behalf of Amnesty International. Other proposed speakers included Kyle 'Agent Cooper' Maclachlan, who stars as the falsely accused bank clerk Joseph K, Anthony Hopkins, a member of the impressive supporting cast, and Harold Pinter, who wrote the film's screenplay. The event was cancelled last week amid rumours of dispute between the film's multinational producers. Organisers in Prague were keen to keep the presentation from being too depressing, an approach which, given the theme of human rights, seems to have annoyed US and British backers, who withdrew support. A scaled- down premiere is due to take place in London this June, which may better suit the BBC, which contributed to the project's pounds 4m budget.

THEATRE / Completely nuts: Paul Taylor on Mamet's Squirrels at the King's Head Theatre, London

THIS coming June holds out what promises to be an inflammatory theatrical experience when Oleanna - David Mamet's controversial play about alleged sexual harassment and political correctness in an American college - hits the main stage of the Royal Court in a production by Harold Pinter.

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Anna Karenina (Tricycle, 071-328 1000). Helen Edmundson's masterly reworking of Tolstoy's novel with a stunning Anna by Teresa Banham.

THEATRE / Another side of Harold Pinter

NO PARTNERSHIP is more firmly printed on theatrical memory than Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud's in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land in 1975. Hirst, the rich and successful writer, Spooner, the poetic down-and- out; the Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle of the Hampstead literary scene. I thought Richardson and Gielgud had defined that relationship once and for all, but David Leveaux's production (transferred from the Almeida) pushes it on another notch - to a point where the opponents rebound from their separate corners to change places.

TELEVISION BRIEFING / Laughter in the dark

The bizarre NIGHTINGALES (10.30pm C4) flutter back onto our screens for a second series. The talented trio of Robert Lindsay (last seen on C4 as the paranoid politician Michael Murray in GBH), David Threlfall (in a Michael Bolton-style hairdo) and James Ellis (Z Cars) play three nightwatchmen from hell who while away the hours talking about Harold Pinter and smoking a lot. In tonight's episode, 'Silent Night', directed by Only Fools and Horses veteran Tony Dow, they are visited on Christmas Eve by a pregnant woman called Mary, who proceeds to give birth to several goldfish and enough cuddly toys to keep The Generation Game's conveyor belt stocked for months. Much discussion about allegories and parables ensues. Paul Makin's sitcom is certainly surreal; but is it funny?

Look out for the fine print: Peter Guttridge meets the founders and editors of the Greville Press

'THE Greville Press is a ray of hope at a time when poetry is in dudgeon,' says Edna O'Brien. She has been published three times by the small, Warwick-based poetry press, which recently enjoyed a cermonial moment when it produced its 50th title, 10 Early Poems by Harold Pinter.

Letter: A left-hander's place

Sir: Richard Tomlinson ('David Gower, 8,231 still not in', 3 December) has got it wrong. In my many chats with Daniel Ortega about cricket, Ortega always made it absolutely clear that Gower (if he'd been Nicaraguan) would have batted No. 4 for the Sandinistas - on a permanent basis.

PLAYS / Anything but child's play: Fizzy Jelly, said Ken Campbell, was other-worldly. But could he persuade others it was the children's play of 1992? Sarah Hemming reports

'JUST SAY when you want me to storm out,' says Adrian Mitchell, with a mischevious glint in his eye. The judging for the W H Smith Plays for Children Awards may not reach Booker panel intensity, but passions are running high.
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