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About the showAcclaimed actors Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Stephen Mangan star in a revival of Harold Pinter's comedy of menace, The Birthday Party, at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Coming to the West End for a strictly limited 14-week season, the dark, hilarious play sees an enigmatic group intent on ruining a party.
Stanley Webber is the only lodger at Meg and Petey Boles' slumbering seaside boarding house. But when the flamboyant Goldberg and McCann arrive, the peace and quiet is threatened. As the pair of strangers enter, they begin to disrupt the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu. Quickly, the mundane turns to menace when an innocent birthday party catapults into a disturbing nightmare.
Originally premiering in Cambridge in 1958, the production transferred to London the following year. One of Pinter's best known plays, it was later adapted into a popular 1968 film, starring Robert Shaw. A viciously funny masterpiece that examines the absurdity of every day, The Birthday Party is only Pinter's second full-length play.
Tony Award-nominated Zoë Wanamaker CBE stars as Meg. Well-known for her television roles in My Family and the Harry Potter series, Wanamaker most recently appeared on stage in Kenneth Branagh's Harlequinade, and has also been seen in Passion Play. Further casting includes Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (Sherlock, The Play What I Wrote) as Stanley, Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Episodes, Jeeves and Wooster) as Goldberg and Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), as well as Peter Wight as Petey Bowles and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as McCann.
Ian Rickson directs, having most recently led The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starring Damian Lewis. With previous successes including Betrayal and Old Times, the production sees Rickson reunite with Sonia Friedman Productions to present Pinter's play.
The Birthday Party features design by the Quay Brothers, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker, with original music by Stephen Warbeck. Playing a limited 14-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre, the production runs from January 9th to April 14th 2018, with an official opening on January 18th 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Rickson's previous plays, including The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? will recognise his signature style here. This is also a brilliant chance to see three highly acclaimed actors on stage!
The Birthday Party may not be suitable for children.