Olivier Award-winning trio Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker star in this West End revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.
Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu (Pearl Mackie), and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.
Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday.
Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal, and Old Times, Ian Rickson returns to direct this new production of Harold Pinter’s landmark play, 60 years since it was first performed.
The Birthday Party made its London premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith in May 1958, directed by Peter Wood to great acclaim. Its New York debut followed 9 years later at the Booth Theatre in October 1967, and its 50th anniversary London production at the Lyric starred the likes of Sheila Hancock and Nicholas Woodeson.
The famous comedy of menace has gone on to become one of Harold Pinter’s best-known and most oft-performed plays, typifying plenty of Pinteresque devices including ambiguous identities, dark symbolism, and loss of sense of time and place.
The Birthday Party stars a cast featuring a trio of Olivier Award winners: Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock), Tony Award-nominated Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves And Wooster, Episodes) and Tony Award-nominated Zoë Wanamaker CBE (Harlequinade, Passion Play, My Family), alongside recent Doctor Who companion Pearl Mackie. Peter Wight (Hamlet – Almeida/West End) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (The Plough And The Stars – National Theatre) also star.
The Birthday Party opens in January 2018 for a strictly limited 14 week season.