Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes (1996)

Ashes to Ashes

Harold Pinter

Play script


In the living room of a pleasant house in a university town outside of London, Devlin, threatened by his wife Rebecca's recollections of an abusive ex-lover, questions her relentlessly in his need for a single truth. In her seamless blending of what she knows of violence with the wider violence of the world, Rebecca reveals an eerie communion with the dead victims of unnamed political barbarities.

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Date of Composition: 24 January 1996 - 6 February 1996   Confidence Level  

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Dorset (Type of place: Location (within the fiction))


In Ashes to Ashes, Rebecca recalls witnessing a crowd of people being led out to sea to drown off the coast of Dorset.


Faber and Faber Ltd on (20 September 1996)


Rebecca (Age: forties, Female)

Devlin (Age: forties, Male)


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Antonia Fraser's book on her life with Harold Pinter

Antonia Fraser, Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter (London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2010)

Published diary

On pp. 213-16 Fraser reports the progress of composition.

Google Books


The summary provided above is retrieved from the website, and originally comes from the back cover of the Grove edition of the play (1997).

Harold Pinter Appointments Diary, 1996

The British Library Modern Manuscripts, The Harold Pinter Archive, Add MS 88880/12/29

Library archive

Information about dates of composition taken from entry for 24 January, where 'Start "Ashes to Ashes"' appears and is encircled, and the entry for 6 February which indicates 'Finish "Ashes to Ashes"'.

William Baker's Bibliography of Harold Pinter

William Baker, Harold Pinter: A Bibliographical History (London and New castle: The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2005)