Pinter pause



  • A long significant pause in stage dialogue. The name derivesfrom Harold Pinter's characteristic use of the device; notoriously,he indicates his pauses explicitly in his texts rather than leavingthem to the discretion of the actors. John Gielgud once observed, "The'Pinter Pause' is now a kind of copyright in the theater world asit was once the traditional property of the actor Macreadyin the nineteenth century."