Harold Pinter Theatre

6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN GB

The Birthday Party

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3.7/5
based on 10 reviews

Harold Pinter Theatre

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Booking until: Saturday, 14 April 2018

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Important Information

Tuesday 27th February at 7.30pm – Captioned performance 

Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm – Audio described


Booking from:
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Booking until:
Saturday, 14 April 2018

It will be ten years since Harold Pinter’s death in 2008 when one of his most famous works, The Birthday Party, returns to London’s West End. The show will play at the aptly named Harold Pinter Theatre from January 2018, celebrating its sixtieth birthday – it premiered in Cambridge before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith in 1958. Now it’s back and has a cast of celebrated, seasoned theatre professionals stepping into the roles to pay homage to one of the country’s greatest playwrights of the 20th century.

Starring in this revival are three Olivier Award-winners – Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker. Jones took home Best Actor In A Supporting Role in 2002 for his part in The Play What I Wrote; Wanamaker is a double winner for her roles in Once In A Lifetime (1979) and Electra (1998) and Mangan is part of the double act Jeeves & Wooster that won Best New Comedy in 2014. Now all three performers return to the London stage to pay homage to Pinter’s brilliance.

The Birthday Party revolves around Stanley Webber (Jones), a former piano player who now lives in a boarding house in a sleepy seaside town of no name. It’s run by Petey and Meg (Wanamaker) Bowles, a rundown affair. In the middle of a celebration for Stanley’s birthday, the party is interrupted when two menacing characters, Goldberg (Mangan) and McCann, arrive on the scene looking for Stanley. Suddenly the carefully crafted party takes a sinister downturn with nightmarish consequences.

This revival will be directed by Ian Rickson, who is no stranger to staging Pinter’s works. From The Hothouse at the National Theatre, to Betrayal and Old Times on the West End – both starring Kristin Scott Thomas – Rickson also directed the playwright in his final appearance (Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court in 2006) before his death in 2008. Rickson is in many ways the perfect choice to honour Pinter once again in Sonia Friedman Productions’ revival of The Birthday Party – an acclaimed director and a celebrated producer joining forces once more to do justice to an inspirational writer.

The Birthday Party will play a strictly limited, 14-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 9 January – 14 April 2018. It is a must-see for any fan of Pinter, for anyone who has never seen Pinter before and for anyone who wants a great evening out, full of twists and turns and unexpected outcomes. It’s a worthy homage to an inspirational playwright & Nobel Prize-winner, awarded the prize for Literature in 2005, and the perfect way to kick off the new year. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Press Reviews

A fantastic revival of a darkly comic masterpiece The Daily Telegraph

An extravaganza of talent. You couldn’t wish for a better revival than this The Times

Packed with illuminating detail, Ian Rickson’s starry production does rich justice to Harold Pinter’s captivating psychodrama The Guardian

Ian Rickson has given us a beautifully judged, beautifully acted, powerful revival of Pinter’s first masterpiece. Gripping from start to finish The Sunday Times

A meticulous, beautifully considered, richly eloquent production - not to be missed The Independent

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Anyone:
10%
Families:
10%
Teenagers:
20%
Couples:
50%
Theatregoers:
90%

based on 10 reviews

Has it stood the test of time?

Fantastic performances all round but is it a great play? Much of its surreal bleakness is obviously timeless but some of the issues to do with marriage, fidelity, alcohol (and other skeletons the hotel guests have in their closets) have dated somewhat. The comedy, such as it is, is absurd and a little dark, but there are laugh-out-loud lines in the masterful hands of Wannamaker, Mangan and Jones.


London Box Office customer

Worth seeing! Bit of a strange storyline though!


London Box Office customer

Well acted but what's it all about?

Great acting in The Birthday Party; not a weak cast member but not an easy play to understand. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Good ice cream but pricey!


London Box Office customer

Food for thought

We booked seats for this show because Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones were playing, they did not disappoint, intact all of the actors were brilliant, unfortunately the story was difficult to understand. Having said that I may be tempted to view it again to see if I could get more from it the second time around.


London Box Office customer

About life choices under pressure from powerful social forces

Thank you for producing a thought provoking drama, that had me mulling over it in my walk all the way back to the hotel. Then I looked the play up on various internet sites, and found that my ideas about what it 'meant' were reasonable. Pinter shows that a human who tries to escape from expectations of society (becoming a successful something...) might be destroyed if the religious, questionable moral, and measures of success descend on him. Pinter wallows in human frailties and falsehoods.


London Box Office customer

Great acting, worst play ever!

London Box Office customer

Well acted, a great concept!

Really wonderful, some uncomfortable moments and not entirely sure the audience really understood the seriousness of it, but generally beautiful and fantastically designed, directed and acted


London Box Office customer

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Harold Pinter Theatre
6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN GB

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Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 796
  • Year built: 1881