Old Times

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2w, 1m

Old Times
by Harold Pinter

When Deeley and his wife Kate are visited by her old friend Anna, tensions bubble up as memories are used for more than just reminiscing.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 1m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
  • Nominee: 2013 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play


"What am I writing about? Not the weasel under the cocktail cabinet ... I can sum up none of my plays. I can describe none of them, except to say: that is what happened. This is what they said. That is what they did." - Harold Pinter.

Deeley and his wife Kate are visted by Anna, an old friend of Kate's, who they haven't seen in over 20 years. Anna launches into recollecting memories of concerts and other bohemian haunts the two women shared while young and living together in London. When the memories become more than just stories and prove to be a tool to vie for Kate's attention, Deeley also begins to bring up stories that are almost too clear to be true. However it's Kate's memory that gives the play it's shocking conclusion. 
M1 (40s)
F2 (40s)
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting A sitting-room, a bedroom
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


"Old Times is a tone poem— an ironic elegy to lost youth and hopes, set at the crossroads where memory meets fantasy and cut through with the'searing recognition of the power games people play." - City Limits

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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