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Pinter joins stage celebrations
Simon Stephens, Terry Johnson, Christopher Hampton, Sir Tom Stoppard, Stella Feehily, Tanika Gupta
The English Stage Company is based at the Royal Court Theatre
Acclaimed playwrights Sir Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter are to help the English Stage Company celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Sir Tom is writing Rock 'n' Roll, his first play for the company, which is based at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Pinter will act in Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, while an exhibition of actors' portraits will also mark the anniversary.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry will direct a play for the company.

Harold Pinter
Pinter will star in Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett
The Royal Court in Sloane Square dates from the 1880s but the English Stage Company took up residence there in 1956.

The company is credited with changing British theatre. Its conflict with authorities over the content of many of its early plays helped abolish theatre censorship in 1968.

Sir Tom's play will be directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and will span the history of Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution.

I don't want to fall under a bus before having a play on its stage
Sir Tom Stoppard
Royal Court artistic director Ian Rickson said: "It takes the history of the left, the censors, rock music and identity.

"It is incredibly fitting that we have a play like that, which is so ambitious, in our 50th anniversary year."

Sir Tom, who wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, said: "I want to be part of the Royal Court's history before I pack it in.

"I don't want to fall under a bus before having a play on its stage."


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