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

The Birthday Party tickets from £17.75

Tickets from £17.75

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.

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Dates and times

Opened: 09 Jan 2018
Press night: 18 Jan 2018
Booking from: 26 Feb 2018
Booking until: 14 Apr 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Monday 26 Feb 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 27 Feb 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 28 Feb 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 01 Mar 2018--7:30pm
Friday 02 Mar 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 03 Mar 20182:30pm7:30pm
Monday 05 Mar 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

35 Reviews Add review

'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, 226 reviews, 3 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, 226 reviews, 3 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... More

jamesatwill 178, 85 reviews, 3 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, 85 reviews, 3 helpful votes

It was a brilliant show that truly scares you due to the lack of clarity around it and the mystery as to who the characters are. A... More

robscoynes 5'6, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was a brilliant show that truly scares you due to the lack of clarity around it and the mystery as to who the characters are. All performances from the star filled cast were great and I enjoyed it a lot more than I ever expected it to!

robscoynes 5'6, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic! A recent newspaper review said it lacked menace - I didn't think so, I only thought it was all the more effective for b... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic! A recent newspaper review said it lacked menace - I didn't think so, I only thought it was all the more effective for being subtle. Most annoying audience, though, who insisted on treating the whole thing as though it was slapstick, and tittering throughout.

u2fancat 5'6'', 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show. Great performances from the whole cast. Very intimate set, and overall a strong production of a difficult play... More

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I enjoyed the show. Great performances from the whole cast. Very intimate set, and overall a strong production of a difficult play.

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A superb production that's very well acted. The play itself isn't as appealing as some other Pinter plays, but still worth seeing.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 173 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A superb production that's very well acted. The play itself isn't as appealing as some other Pinter plays, but still worth seeing.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 173 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Great acting and story though not really sure what was going on! Quite intense and confusing.

theatrekid88 5", 55 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Great acting and story though not really sure what was going on! Quite intense and confusing.

theatrekid88 5", 55 reviews, 4 helpful votes

An incredibly acted piece of theatre. Stand out performances from Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker. A must see production.

albuspotter 5"11, 115 reviews, 11 helpful votes

An incredibly acted piece of theatre. Stand out performances from Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker. A must see production.

albuspotter 5"11, 115 reviews, 11 helpful votes

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes