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Enter David Baron

  • David T. Thompson


The next four years of Pinter’s acting-career, from 1954 to 1958, were to be spent in provincial repertory, working, as he put it, ‘all over the place’. In 1954 Pinter changed his name (professionally) to David Baron and worked intermittently in the Whitby and Huddersfield repertory companies as well as touring quite extensively with one particular play; in 1955 he played a full season at Colchester and a summer season in his favourite Ireland; in 1956 he played in Bournemouth and Torquay; in 1957 he acted in Torquay, Birmingham and Palmers Green; and in 1958 and 1959, now based in London, he played in Palmers Green and Richmond.


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