Review Round Up: The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre

Harold Pinter’s play is now officially open at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan and Pearl Mackie. Here is what critics thought…


The Guardian: **** ” a production that does rich justice to this strange, elusive play, and it is packed with illuminating detail.”

The Stage: **** “Rickson’s production is one of reverences, a celebration of its ambiguities and inky undercurrents.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “If you haven’t seen the play before, it still works like a thriller, its outcome as uncertain as everything else about it. If you know it, you can appreciate the construction, the way that the screw tightens through three perfectly structured acts, the tricks of memory and hope that mean stories are repeated in different ways.”

The Independent: **** “A richly eloquent production – not to be missed.”

Time Out: *** “This is a tough, radical play, and while precision is important, it feels like it’s been handled with kid gloves.”

The Telegraph: ***** “In short, Rickson’s approach – nominally old-fashioned as it is – makes you see things as if new-minted.”

London **** “It is a really powerful and entertaining revival of a modern classic.”

The Daily Mail: *** “came out of this show feeling I had seen a well-executed museum piece rather than a telling comment on 21st century life.”

British Theatre Guide: “While remaining faithful to the original text, Ian Rickson injects a number of interesting pieces of stage business, which help to illuminate the play and somehow make the drama feel as if it is speaking directly to 21st-century viewers, fully justifying this enjoyable revival.”

The Metro: *** “Pinter’s play is driven by deep characterisation, and Ian Rickson’s all-star cast are led confidently by Zoe Wanamaker.”

The Arts Desk: “this 60th anniversary revival of Pinter’s most canonical work still works both as a funny situation comedy and as a thought-provoking disturber of the peace.”

The Birthday Party will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 14th April 2018. To book tickets visit: Tickets.comLast Minute.comTheatre Tickets, Love  and  Love London Love Culture


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