Profile: Keith Allen
From mid-November audiences at Trafalgar Studios 1 will be treated to the popular Harold Pinter play The Homecoming. Billed a 50th anniversary production, marking the show’s opening at the Aldwych Theatre in 1965, it has already drawn a lot of interest, with fans of the late playwright anticipating a stand-out production.
Amongst the performers headed to the stage in the show is Keith Allen, the multi-talented actor and comedian whose work has included appearances on the stage and screen.
As it gets closer to the opening of this show it is the perfect time to take a look back at Allen’s career, beginning with his early life in Wales to his recent roles in the likes of My Mad Fat Diary.
Allen was born in the Welsh town of Llanelli in 1953 and whilst he spent some of these early years in Wales he would eventually move to Essex, where he attended school. As time went on he eventually started work and took on various different forms of employment before settling on stand-up comedy, a move that led to his success on the stage and screen.
His stand-up work naturally led him to make appearances in various well known comedy shows, notably with the Comic Strip Presents group, which also made names out of the likes of Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders, amongst others. As time went on and following numerous appearances with the group he also started to make appearances in other television programmes like Inspector Morse, Black Books, Case Histories and Robin Hood, as well as films like Trainspotting and The Others. He also found the time to do some presenting work, so audiences might also recognise him from his pieces towards the camera.
But in The Homecoming he will be making an impression on the stage and with this in mind it’s only right that we look at some of his previous stage work. In recent years this includes a role in the West End’s Treasure Island, which appeared at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2008. His other credits include Harold Pinter’s The Room at the Almeida Theatre in 2000 and numerous productions at the National Theatre.
With The Homecoming he is bound to win new fans yet again as he appears alongside the likes of John Simm and Garry Kemp. Together they will provide a fitting celebration of one of Harold Pinter’s most popular plays. It runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from Saturday 14th November 2015.