PREVIEW: The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre

It has been announced that Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker will star in Ian Rickson’s production of Harold Pinter’s play opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 9th January. 


Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) 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.

Sonia Friedman Productions has confirmed a new production of Harold Pinter’s play, marking 60 years since the play originally debuted.

Following his productions of Betrayal, and Old Times, Ian Rickson will direct this new production starring Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (The Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Infamous), Tony Award-nominated Stephen Mangan (The Norman ConquestsJeeves and Wooster,Episodes) and Tony Award-nominated Zoë Wanamaker CBE (ElectraPassion PlayMy Family).

Talking about the news Ian Rickson said: “I knew Harold from when I ran the Royal Court and he was a great mentor to me. Doing The Birthday Party is particularly thrilling because as with the best first major plays – like first albums, and first novels – it has the intense DNA of the writer’s inner life; their yearnings, their obsessions, their longings. There’s something about The Birthday Party in particular that’s so raw and committed – it has this kind of anarchic, punk spirit and I’m just so excited about directing it.” 

The production will be designed by the Quay Brothers, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and music by Stephen Warbeck.

The Birthday Party will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 9th January until the 14th April 2018. To book tickets visit:, See, Last, Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, UK and Theatre  


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