The Hope College Great Performance Series will feature British actor Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” on Friday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The Chicago Tribune has referred to Sands as “a warm, witty, and thoroughly winning actor,” and The New York Times has praised Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” saying, “when he reads Pinter’s poems… you feel the playwright’s presence.”

Sands is frequently seen world-wide in films, on stage and on television. He trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in more than 100 films, including; “The Killing Fields,” “A Room With A View,” “Impromptu,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Arachnophobia,” “Oceans 13” and  “The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo.” On television, he is best known for his recent role on “24” but has also been seen on “Smallville,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Dexter” and “Banshee.”

In 2005, Sands was approached by Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter to prepare a set of Pinter’s poems for a special presentation in London. Working closely with Pinter, Sands was granted a rare insight into his personality, life and work. The extraordinary collaboration evolved into “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” a humorous and unique solo show directed by John Malkovich. The show was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

Performances followed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and subsequently in New York at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf in Chicago and Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, as well as in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Budapest, London and Paris.

Tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, $6 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope College students. Tickets are available online at as well as at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the national Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

More information about the season may be obtained online.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.