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

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“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

77 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

Jamb0r 178, 163 reviews, 12 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... More

joc78 5"4, 365 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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

Shalalalala 1 review, 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... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 33 reviews, 2 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, 18 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... More

robscoynes 5'6, 25 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... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 74 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... More

mikeconlan999 5"10, 50 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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,... More

dickymail121 6'0, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes