A deliciously black satirical comedy about the dinner party from hell.
The fastidious host, Paige, decides to throw a dinner party in honour of her husband, Lars, who is celebrating the success of his pop psychology book, Beyond Belief. She carefully plans a surprise menu that will mark the occasion and anxiously checks with the waiter she has employed to make sure that everything is perfectly prepared. Her lucky guests include a postfeminist vegetarian artist, a distinguished microbiologist, a TV journalist and an uninvited guest who ends up staying for dinner. But it soon becomes apparent that the meal may contain some rather nasty surprises....
Moira Buffini's outrageous comedy Dinner started life in the National Theatre's Loft in 2002 and became her first West End smash. In this production, adapted by the writer for BBC Drama on 3, Harriet Walter returns to the role she created: Paige, the hostess and architect of an evening which her guests will never forget. Two other original leads, Nicholas Farrell and Penny Downie, and four new cast members join her in this viciously black chamber piece about appetite, which will make you think twice about ever accepting another invitation to dinner.
Moira Buffini was nominated for an Olivier Award for Dinner in 2003 and won the Olivier in 2014 for her play Handbagged.
Paige - Harriet Walter
Lars - Nicholas Farrell
Wynne - Penny Downie
Hal - Paul Bazely
Sian - Pippa Bennett-Warner
Mike - Peter McDonald
Waiter - David Hounslow
Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting
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Well acted by all and funny in parts, but generally it is pretentious middle of the road garbage.