Harold Pinter's play 'A Slight Ache' had its world premiere on the Third Programme on this day in 1959. The cast included Pinter himself, under his stage name David Baron, in a silent role, Maurice Denham and Vivien Merchant. Ian Rodger, in The Listener, wrote:
A conversation piece between a man (Mr. Maurice Denham) and his wife (Miss Vivien Merchant) who talked variously about the weather, sex and a seller of matches whom they inveigled into the house. The match seller never spoke, which involved Mr. Pinter in some dramatic expertise, but it was hard to know, in spite of the sharp clarity of the performance and the sure speech formations of Mr. Denham and Miss Merchant, what the play was really all about.
The picture of Pinter was taken ten years later during production of a BBC TV programme.