The Birthday Party
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Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoe 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 (Pearl Mackie), 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. Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal, and Old Times, Ian Rickson reunites with Sonia Friedman Productions to direct a new production of Harold Pinter's landmark play, The Birthday Party.

With a cast featuring a trio of Olivier Award winners, Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock), Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes) and Zoe Wanamaker CBE (Harlequinade, Passion Play, My Family); who are joined in this comedy of menace by Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).


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DOCTOR WHO STAR PEARL MACKIE JOINS CAST OF THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (18 SEPTEMBER 2017)

Pearl Mackie will join the cast of a new production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, in her first role since playing Bill Potts in the latest series of the BBC's Doctor Who.

Mackie will perform alongside recently announced cast members Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoe Wanamaker for this major revival directed by Ian Rickson. The production will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre, 60 years since the play's debut, from 9th January to 14th April 2018. Tickets are now on sale. Further casting is still to be announced.

Mackie currently stars opposite Peter Capaldi in the BBC's Doctor Who as the Doctor's companion, Bill Potts. Her final appearance will be in this year's Christmas Special, which will air on 25th December. Pearl's casting was announced in the original short film Friend from the Future, written by Steven Moffat. Also starring Matt Lucas and Michelle Gomez, the tenth series of the globally popular show premiered in April 2017 to critical acclaim.

From 2015-6, Pearl appeared in the National Theatre's Olivier and Tony award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. She has also starred as Nina in Theatre503's 2012 play Only Human and co-starred in the European premiere of Aurin Squire's Obama-ology at the Finborough Theatre. In 2013, Pearl appeared alongside Martin Freeman, Michael Socha and Maxine Peake in the comedy film Svengali, directed by John Hardwick. Further theatre credits include: A Mad World, My Masters (2015); Hello Kind World (2014); Crystal Springs (2014);Home (2012); The Crucible (2010); And The Comedy of Errors (2010).

Pearl Mackie said: "I'm delighted to be back in the West End working with such a prolific director like Ian Rickson - and an incredible cast - on this rich, dark and enthralling play. I love how Pinter creates character and I feel very lucky to work on one of his best-known plays."



TOBY JONES, ZOE WANAMAKER & STEPHEN MANGAN TO STAR IN PINTER'S THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (14 SEPTEMBER 2017)

A new production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party will run at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre, 60 years since the play's debut, from 9 January to 14 April 2018. Tickets are now on sale.

Following critically-acclaimed productions of Pinter's Betrayal and Old Times, Ian Rickson returns to direct this new production of Harold Pinter's landmark play. Starring in this comedy of menace are trio of Olivier Award winners, Golden Globe Award-nominated Toby Jones (The Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Infamous), Tony Award-nominated Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes) and Tony Award-nominated Zoe Wanamaker CBE (Electra, Passion Play, My Family).

This will be the seventh Harold Pinter play that Sonia Friedman has produced, three of which have been directed by Ian Rickson, who also directed Pinter himself in his last performance as an actor in Krapp's Last Tape. It is also the ninth production directed by Ian Rickson that Sonia Friedman has produced.

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."





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Type of production: Play

Opened: 09 January 2018

Booking until: 14 April 2018

Running time: To Be Confirmed

Prices: £14.00 - £126.00

Author / playwright: Harold Pinter

Director: Ian Rickson

Cast: Toby Jones , Stephen Mangan , Zoe Wannamaker , Pearl Mackie
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