“Some years ago at Black Stripe Theatre in Tokyo, we did a reading of Harold Pinter’s one-act play ‘One for the Road,’ and I have ever since wanted to put it on.

“Back then, I was asked to take the part of Nicolas (an officer in a totalitarian state who thinks nothing of torturing people) — which I did with mounting horror. There were some young women there, and afterward it was quite clear that none of them wanted to come near me.”

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