The Room

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  2w, 4m

Harold Pinter’s first play, written in 1957, is the earliest example of Pinter's “comedy of menace” – a surreal and dark portrait of an elderly couple that is both humourous and disturbing.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 4m
  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience
    Target Audience


Rose and Bert rent a room that might almost be a paleolithic cave; the outside is terrifying and unknown. Rose never goes out, and Bert only goes to drive his van with furious aggression. A young couple call, and then a blind black man. Bert comes home, massive with triumph at smashing every car that challenged his van. Finding the stranger, he kicks him to death and Rose goes blind.
The Room was first produced by the Hampstead Theatre Club on 21 January 1960, and subsequently at the Royal Court Theatre on 8 March 1960. Directed by Anthony Page, the production featured Michael Brennan, Vivien Merchant, John Cater, Michael Caine, Anne Bishop and Thomas Baptiste.
Cast Attributes
BERT HUDD – A man of 50
ROSE – A woman of 60
MR KIDD – An old man
MR SANDS – A young husband
MRS SANDS – His young wife
  • Time Period Present Day, 1950s
  • Setting A room in a large house. The present.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)

Licensing & Materials

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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was born in London on October 10, 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008. (They were married in 1980).

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama, he worke ...

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