Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter will be unable pick up the prestigious award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden next Saturday (10DEC05) because doctors have given him strict orders not to travel.

The literary heavyweight, 75, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in December 2002, will instead make a pre-recorded video of his lecture to be screened at the Swedish Academy in his absence.

A spokesperson for the Nobel foundation says, "(Pinter) will unfortunately not attend any of the events during the Nobel week for reasons of health.

"His doctors have forbidden him to travel at this time."

Pinter's publisher STEPHEN PAGE will accept the 10 million kronor ($1.3 million/GBP722,000) prize money on his behalf.