THE PLAY / OLD TIMES

Friday 14 July 1995 23:02
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The first London production in 10 years of Pinter's greatest play, a riveting study of a triangular relationship. Julie Christie's London debut understandably stole the pre-publicity headlines, but Lindy Davies's revival also marks the long overdue West End debut of Harriet Walter, a National Theatre, RSC and Royal Court star for years.

Everyone has woken up to the strengths of the play thanks to Lindy Davies's production. "The way that Old Times hovers between eroticism and power play is deeply dreamlike" (Financial Times). "Pinter is surely the funniest comic revue writer Britain never had," the Daily Telegraph remarked. The Times adored it, especially Harriet Walter who delivers "love, loss, pain and a deep,deep grief".

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2 (0171-369 1736)

Don't be put off by the Christie hype; she's good, but the production is really good. And, being a Pinter, it's short and so summer-friendly.

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