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Pinter Archive. 'The Basement'; [1963-1967]. Mostly typewritten. Originally written as film 'The Compartment' for Grove Press, US publishers, 1963, never produced. Pinter rewrote it for television as 'The Basement'. First shown on BBC television, 20 Feb. 1967. First staged, in a double bill with 'The Basement', at Eastside Playhouse, New York, Oct. 1968, directed by James Hammerstein. First staged in UK at the Duchess Theatre, 17 Sept. 1970, directed by James Hammerstein. First published as Tea Party and Other Plays, Methuen (1967). [Previous reference: Loan 110A/2].

1. Draft of short story entitled 'The Compartment'; [1963].

2. Partly autograph draft pages of screenplay entitled 'The Compartment'; [1963].

3. Draft of screenplay entitled 'The Compartment', pages 1-3 missing; [1963].

4. Draft of screenplay entitled 'The Compartment'; [1963-1967].

5. Letter to unknown person outlining the plot, first page missing; 1963.

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