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Moonlight (play)

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Written by  Harold Pinter
Original language  English
First performance  7 September 1993
Genre  Drama
Date premiered  7 September 1993
Setting  house and flat
Playwright  Harold Pinter
Place premiered  Almeida Theatre
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Characters  Andy, Bel, Bridget, Fred, Jake, Maria, Ralph
Subject  family, love, life, death, and dying
Similar  Tea Party, Family Voices, Applicant, A Night Out, Celebration

Harold pinter moonlight play

Moonlight is a play written by Harold Pinter, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre, in London, in September 1993.


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1. Andy's bedroom — well furnished 2. Fred's bedroom — shabby (These rooms are in different locations.) 3. An area in which Bridget appears, through which Andy moves at night and where Jake, Fred and Bridge play their scene. (Grove Press ed., n. pag.)


Andy, who is on his deathbed,

rehashes his youth, loves, lusts, and betrayals with his wife, [Bel], while simultaneously his two sons [Fred and Jake] – clinical, conspiratorial, the bloodless, intellectual offspring of a hearty anti-intellectual – sit in the shadows, speaking enigmatically and cyclically, stepping around and around the fact of their estrangement from their father, rationalizing their love-hate relations with him and the distance that they are unable to close even when their mother attempts to call them home. In counterpoint to their uncomprehending isolation between the extremes of the death before life and the death after is their younger sister, Bridget, who lightly bridges the gaps between youth and age, death and life. (Back cover of the Grove Press ed.)


  • ANDY, a man in his fifties
  • BEL, a woman of fifty
  • JAKE, a man of twenty-eight
  • FRED, a man of twenty-seven
  • MARIA, a woman of fifty
  • RALPH, a man in his fifties
  • BRIDGET, a girl of sixteen (Grove Press ed., n. pag.)
  • Premiere

    First performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, on 7 September 1993; transferred to the Comedy Theatre in November 1993

  • Ian Holm (Andy)
  • Anna Massey (Bel)
  • Douglas Hodge (Jake)
  • Michael Sheen (Fred)
  • Jill Johnson (Maria)
  • Edward de Souza (Ralph)
  • Claire Skinner (Bridget)
  • Production team
  • David Leveaux, director
  • Bob Crowley, Designer (HaroldPinter.org)
  • New York premiere

    At the Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, 27 September – 17 December 1995

    Opening Night Cast
  • Melissa Chalsma (Bridget)
  • Blythe Danner (Bel)
  • Paul Hecht (Ralph)
  • Barry McEvoy (Fred)
  • Jason Robards (Andy)
  • Liev Schreiber (Jake)
  • Kathleen Widdoes (Maria)
  • Production team
  • Karel Reisz, director
  • Tony Walton, Set Designer
  • Mirena Rada, Costume Designer
  • Richard Pilbrow, Lighting Designer
  • Tom Clark, Sound Designer (IOBDB)
  • BBC Radio 3 programme

    Part of Harold Pinter Double Bill (with Voices) originally broadcast to marking Pinter's 75th birthday, in October 2005; rebroadcast as part of the Harold Pinter Tribute on BBC Radio 3's Drama on 3, on 15 February 2009.

  • Harold Pinter (Andy)
  • Sara Kestelman (Bel)
  • John Shrapnel(Ralph)
  • Jill Johnson (Maria)
  • Douglas Hodge (Jake)
  • Harry Burton (Fred)
  • Indira Varma (Bridget)
  • Production team
  • Janet Whitaker, director
  • Elizabeth Parker, Music
  • Works cited

  • Pinter, Harold. Moonlight, New York: Grove Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8021-3393-2 (10). ISBN 978-0-8021-3393-9 (13). (Parenthetical references to this edition appear in the text.)
  • –––. Moonlight. Harold Pinter Double Bill (with Voices). BBC Radio 3 Drama Programmes – Drama on 3. BBC, 15 February 2009. Web. 15 February 2009. [First broadcast Oct. 2005, as part of Pinter's 75th birthday celebration. Re-broadcast 15 February 2009, as part of Harold Pinter Tribute. (Streaming audio accessible for 7 days after broadcasts).]
  • References

    Moonlight (play) Wikipedia