The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter Theatre

The Birthday Party

09 Jan 2018 - 14 Apr 2018

£17.00 - £106.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Stanley Webber is the only lodger at Meg and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.

Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter's brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday.


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“Superlative revival... confirms afresh that it’s a darkly comic masterpiece without in any way trying overtly to spruce it up.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Works as a funny situation comedy and as a thought-provoking disturber of the peace... Extremely well-judged and starry revival.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Starry, meticulous, beautifully considered revival which demonstrates the play's undiminished power to disconcert.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Played well, as it is here by a starry cast... still has the power to unsettle... Terrifically entertaining and oddly moving.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Rickson directs this revival with all his customary intelligence and care... As gripping and relevant as ever.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Has lost none of its capacity to intrigue... Starry production... It emerges... as a play of intense psychological realism.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Jones is superb in a strongly cast revival of Pinter’s classic... A celebration of its ambiguities and inky undercurrents.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“An extravaganza of talent... Wanamaker is absolutely terrific... You couldn’t have wished for a better revival.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“In Rickson’s starry revival, the play’s blend of comedy and menace is finely balanced... Sinister and scrupulously precise,”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Has the movement of thought. Here is both routine and dreamscape.. Immaculate production... Mangan is a revelation.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Rickson’s virtually all-star production is the best I have seen on stage... Jones shines a new light on the character.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“I've seldom found myself so simultaneously menaced and entertained... A really powerful and entertaining revival.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“While the writing remains bracing, there’s something naggingly conservative about Ian Rickson’s meticulous period revival.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Still feels darkly scary, and menacingly disorientating... The faithful staging feels like a good choice... Jones: a stellar job”

Adam Bloodworth (Metro)

“Ladling on the Pinteresque pauses and the oblique non sequiturs with a reverence that prevents the play from coming to life.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

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