Harold Pinter in Havana

Aside from the two evening performances we also showed the absorbing TV documentary ‘Working with Pinter', directed by Harry Burton, an intimate portrayal of Harold made only three years before his death. There was also an afternoon's acting workshop with a couple of dozen theatre students whose infectious enthusiasm was a treat for all of us taking part.

We met with several senior people in the cultural sphere, including Abel Prieto, the Minister of Culture, and Gisela Gonzales, President of the National Council of Performing Arts, to discuss the ways and means of furthering Pinter's work in Cuba. Coincidentally our visit came only a few months after the signing of the new Britain-Cuba co-operation agreement so hopefully many more cultural visits similar to ours are to follow in the months and years ahead.

But for our group of actors, none of us is likely ever to forget the experience. Our full cast list was Adjoa Andoh, Andy de la Tour. David Michaels, Roger Lloyd Pack, Myra Sands, Rebecca Thorn and Susan Wooldridge.

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