Harold Pinter’s “brilliant, baffling and bizarre” landmark play, The Birthday Party comes to the West End for a strictly limited 14 week run at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal, and Old Times, Ian Rickson has reunited with Sonia Friedman Productions to direct this show at the Harold Pinter theatre in celebration of the play's 60th anniversary.
It was this avant-garde play, the first of three Pinter scripts considered to be a ‘Comedy of Menace’, which once caused a critic to describe Pinter as “the most original, disturbing, and arresting talent in theatrical London.”
Seared with black humour and performed by an all-star cast, The Birthday Party will have you laughing despite your better judgement! This really is a show that you wouldn’t want to miss.
The astounding Zoë Wanamaker CBE stars as boarding-house owner Meg Boles. Wanamaker has won two Best Actress Olivier Awards and is well-loved for her roles in ‘My Family’, ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Doctor Who’. Her theatre credits include All My Sons and Passion Play.
Fellow Oliver Award-winner Toby Jones is a recognisable screen star who has acted in ‘Sherlock’, the ‘Captain America’ films and ‘The Hunger Games’. This is not the first time that Jones has graced the stage, he has performed in The Play What I Wrote on Broadway and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre. Jones plays lodger Stanley Webber.
Wanamaker and Jones are joined by the hilarious Stephen Mangan, known for starring in ‘Episodes’, ‘Houdini and Doyle’ and ‘Green Wing’, and the newest ‘Doctor Who’ companion Pearl Mackie. Mangan and Mackie play Goldberg and Lulu, respectively.
Set in 1950s England, Stanley Webber is the only lodger at Meg and Petey Boles’ tired seaside boarding-house. The disturbing arrival of puzzling strangers Goldberg and McCann upsets the dull lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and soon a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into an alarming interrogation.
The truth becomes twisted and alliances suddenly shift in Pinter's dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd trepidations of the everyday.
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(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.