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. 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.