Harold Pinter had carefully planned hi burialJanuary 1st, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 1 (ANI): Late playwright Harold Pinter had already scripted how his funeral should be held before he died.
The dramatists burial on Tuesday took place in the same way he had planned.
Gathered at Kensal Green Cemetery in north London, about 50 mourners heard a number of readings and poems that Pinter had chosen to mark his own passing.
According to reports, there was no religious minister to console his family that he had passed into another life.
Attending the burial were Pinter’’s second wife, the biographer Lady Antonia Fraser, and fellow playwright Sir Tom Stoppard.
Pinter’’s only son Daniel Brand, 50, who never forgave his father for leaving his mother Vivien Merchant for Lady Antonia in the mid 1970s, did not attend the burial.
Sir Michael Gambon, 68, who acted in many of Pinter’’s productions, opened the series of grave-side readings with an extract from his play No Man’’s Land.
While addressing the mourners, Sir Michael recited a passage from No Mans Land.
“Allow the love of the good ghost. They possess all that emotion trapped. Bow to it. It will assuredly never release them, but who knows what relief it may give to them, who knows how they may quicken in their chains, in their glass jars?” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve aged 78, after a long battle with cancer, had perhaps realised that his fight was drawing to a close, which is why he asked Sir Michael to read the lines at his funeral about three months ago.
Speaking about the funeral arrangements, Matthew ”Harry” Burton, who worked with Pinter and also shared his great passion cricket, said: “He seems to have given very precise instructions. I believe the funeral will be carried out to his instructions.”
The mourners finally bade goodbye to the man who was regarded as one of the most important playwrights of the post-war era, who turned down a knighthood, and who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. (ANI)
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