The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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Overview

“I want to propose a toast to Stanley, because it's his birthday...”

Ian Rickson (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) directs a stellar cast in a highly anticipated 60th anniversary revival of Harold Pinter's darkly comic masterpiece, The Birthday Party, set to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Originally premiering in Cambridge in 1958, before transferring to London in the following year, the comedy of menace now returns to the West End once more, playing a limited 14-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Well-known for the 1968 film starring Robert Shaw, The Birthday Party is Pinter's second full-length work that focuses on the absurdities of the every day. Stanley Webber is the only lodger at Meg and Petey Boles' quiet, slumbering seaside boarding house. But when two enigmatic strangers, Goldberg and McCann, arrive and threaten to disturb the peace, a seemingly innocent birthday party is turned into a terrifying nightmare.

Tony Award-nominated actress Zoë Wanamaker CBE stars as Meg, after most recently appearing on stage to great acclaim in Kenneth Branagh's Harlequinade at the Garrick Theatre. Well-known for her television roles in My Family and the Harry Potter series, Wanamaker's stage credits also include Passion Play.

Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (Sherlock, The Hunger Games, Captain America) stars as Stanley, opposite Stephen Mangan (Green Wing, Episodes, Jeeves and Wooster) as Goldberg. Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) also joins the cast, alongside Peter Wight as Petey Bowles and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as McCann.

The Birthday Party is directed by Ian Rickson, who recently directed Damian Lewis in a revival of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Reuniting with Sonia Friedman Productions, the production follows his success with Betrayal and Old Times, and features design by the Quay Brothers, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Simon Baker, with original music by Stephen Warbeck.

Promising to be a dark, absurd and hilarious revival of a widely-acclaimed play, The Birthday Party plays for a limited season at the Harold Pinter Theatre, from January 9th to April 14th 2018, with an official press night on January 18th 2018. With its all star cast this is sure to be a hit, so don't miss out and book your The Birthday Party tickets now.

Recommended for

This is a great opportunity to get tickets to see three highly acclaimed comedy actors take to the stage in one of Pinter's most regarded plays! Those who had tickets to The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will enjoy Rickson's take on this darkly comic masterpiece.

Dates and times

Opened: 09 Jan 2018
Press night: 18 Jan 2018
Booking from: 13 Apr 2018
Booking until: 14 Apr 2018

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

73 Reviews Add review

I've never seen any of Pinter's plays before, so wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm wishing I'd read the wikipedia article on... More

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I've never seen any of Pinter's plays before, so wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm wishing I'd read the wikipedia article on him before I saw the play. Upon doing some research I found that his plays are supposed to be absurd and purposefully don't make sense - which I am pleased about as there was a lot of the play that I didn't really 'get', but at least that was the intention and not just me being dim. The acting was superb for a first preview - I imagine things will run smoother as the run goes on. I'd definitely recommend going to see this just to see this amazing cast, though I didn't enjoy the play that much.

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Brilliantly played by Stephen Mangan as the menacing Goldberg who comes to call on Toby Jones' Stan. Zoe Wanamaker is entertaining... More

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliantly played by Stephen Mangan as the menacing Goldberg who comes to call on Toby Jones' Stan. Zoe Wanamaker is entertaining throughout as the simple-minded housekeeper whose life seems tinged with sadness - all typically unexplained and ambiguously done by Pinter! Loved it.

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

'The Birthday Party' is to be seen purely for a masterclass in acting. Stephen Mangan for me was particularly great in his role, ... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

'The Birthday Party' is to be seen purely for a masterclass in acting. Stephen Mangan for me was particularly great in his role, however Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker certainly didn't disappoint. As it's a Pinter play, it's very hard to decipher and to know just what exactly is going on. But then I guess that's the whole point.....Pinter didn't write cohesive plays or set out to make sense and a lot of this is nonsensical. I really liked that aspect though as the dialogue used in some scenes was incredible.

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Love a bit of Pinter when it's well done, and this definitely was. Stephen Mangan and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor were incredible as Goldbe... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Love a bit of Pinter when it's well done, and this definitely was. Stephen Mangan and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor were incredible as Goldberg and McCann. Just amazing. So powerfully in step with each other in the interrogation scenes. A real masterclass.

jenniepollock 4'11, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

More confusing than anticipated but an absolute masterclass of acting. Brilliant performances.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

More confusing than anticipated but an absolute masterclass of acting. Brilliant performances.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brilliant performances by the entire cast of a strange and unsettling play, very dark. Stephen Mangan was very convincing as the m... More

Shalalalala 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant performances by the entire cast of a strange and unsettling play, very dark. Stephen Mangan was very convincing as the menacing Goldberg and Zoe Wanamaker as the downtrodden and slightly odd Meg. I got the feeling Toby Jones was Stanley he played the character so well, terrific casting. Pearl Mackie, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Peter Wight all played their supporting roles brilliantly. All in all a terrific play.

Shalalalala 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This is the second Pinter I’ve watched. They are definitely an acquired taste. However, I did enjoy the play very much, and the ac... More

dickymail121 6'0, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is the second Pinter I’ve watched. They are definitely an acquired taste. However, I did enjoy the play very much, and the acting, as you would expect, was superb from Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and the rest of the cast.

dickymail121 6'0, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Typical Harold Pinter. Interesting but completely confusing. We saw The Homecoming a couple of years ago which was similar in tone... More

mikeconlan999 5"10, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Typical Harold Pinter. Interesting but completely confusing. We saw The Homecoming a couple of years ago which was similar in tone (but very different story). If you want a 'proper' ending then don't see one of his plays. However, the acting was superb and some of the set pieces very intriguing. Three stars because of the lack of logical purpose.

mikeconlan999 5"10, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great performances and if you like Pinter, you'll love this production. If you don't love Pinter, it will probably irritate you, b... More

ilanalindsey 5"1', 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great performances and if you like Pinter, you'll love this production. If you don't love Pinter, it will probably irritate you, because it's bizarre and inconclusive.

ilanalindsey 5"1', 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes