PINTER, Harold

Tea Party

London: Methuen, 1967

Small 8vo, pp. 115, 4pp. advertisements to rear. Original black boards, lettered in silver to spine. A near fine copy in a better than very good dustwrapper, a little marked, and with slight wear to spine ends.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO THE TITLE PLAY'S FIRST LEADING MAN, LEO McKERN: 'June 1967, To Leo, With love, admiration and thanks, Harold'.

The title play of this collection, Tea Party, had its first performance on television, when the BBC broadcast it in March, 1965. The production starred Leo McKern, Vivien Merchant, John Le Mesurier and Charles Gray. The play wasn't produced on stage until more than three years later, in New York, as part of a double bill with The Basement. The plays were first published in this volume, alongside a third, Night School.

This is Leo McKern's copy, the first interpreter of the role of Disson, presented and affectionately inscribed to him by Pinter in the year of publication. (A production photograph of McKern, taken from the BBC production, adorns the front panel of the dustwrapper).

A fabulous association copy.

Keywords: Harold PINTER Leo McKERN"

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