Chris Tarrant joins the Harold Pinter Memorial XI
Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons joined a group paying tribute to the late cricket-obsessed playwright at Lord’s on Sunday 27 September 2009.
The late Harold Pinter’s lifelong love of cricket was celebrated in a series of events at Lord’s on 27 September. A slew of famous faces, including Chris Tarrant, Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, will pay tribute to Pinter – who once called the game “the greatest thing that God created on earth, certainly greater than sex” – in aid of the Lord’s Taverners team’s work with young people with special needs. Tarrant kicked off proceedings in the afternoon, playing for a Lord’s Taverners side under former England captain Mike Brearley, against a Gaieties XI, Pinter’s own beloved team. Theatrical readings in the evening saw Irons take to the stage with Tim West to perform an excerpt from No Man’s Land, and Brearley reading from The Caretaker. Those interested in owning a likeness of Pinter could bid for an oil portrait of the playwright painted by artist Joe Hill. Proceeds from the events will go towards the purchase of a new minibus for transporting sports-mad kids from Pinter’s native Hackney.
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