Harold Pinter's Life in Theater

1930: Pinter is born in East London on Oct. 10.

1951: Starts his theatrical career as a 21-year-old actor, touring Ireland under the stage name David Baron.

1957: His first play, a one-acter called The Room, debuts at Bristol University. About a mysterious visitor to a down-at-heel apartment, it sets the tone for the major Pinter plays to come.

1958: First full-length work, The Birthday Party, is produced in London and closes after four performances. Critics are caustic, apart from the Sunday Times' Harold Hobson, who hails Pinter as a brilliant new...

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