Birthday Party

Play by Harold Pinter. Directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Hartley T A Kemp and sound by John Leonard.

Stanley, the unemployed musician, leads a mundane but peaceful life, as the only guest living with the mumsy doting Meg, and quiet agreeable Petey. When the deeply sinister Goldberg and McCann arrive, their intentions grow progressively more ominous. Everyone becomes caught in the unruly web of Stanley´s peculiar birthday party.

Harold Pinter´s first full length play is widely recognised as one of the great plays of the late twentieth century. Filled with the extremes of comedy and menace, the ordinary and the absurd, this compelling and intriguing drama launched Pinter as one of the most significant contemporary dramatists.

The cast features Eileen Atkins and Henry Goodman along with Geoffrey Hutchings, Finbar Lynch, Sinead Matthews and Paul Ritter.

Age limit: 12 years and over.

The following are available to buy: The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, paperback book of the play The Birthday Party, The Caretaker and The Homecoming Faber Critical Guides The Birthday Party DVD of the movie version starring Robert Shaw and Dandy Nichols

Eileen Atkins' recent West End credits include playing opposite Michael Gambon in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man (Barbican Pit Theatre and Duchess Theatre 1998) and starring with Maggie Smith in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (Haymarket Theatre 1997).

Henry Goodman's recent West End credits include the role of 'Marc' in the third West End cast of Yasmina Reza's comedy Art (Wyndham's Theatre 1997), the role of 'Billy Flynn' in the original cast of the current West End revival of Kander and Ebb's musical Chicago, 'Shylock' in Trevor Nunn's production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre's Cottesloe and Olivier Theatres 1999), Alistair Beaton's comedy Feelgood (Garrick Theatre 2001) and the role of 'Buddy' in the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies (The Royal Festival Hall 2002).

Lindsay Posner's recent West End directing credits include A Life in the Theatre starring Patrick Stewart and Joshua Jackson and Oleanna starring Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles. Other recent London credits include directing Robert Lindsay and Geraldine Somerville in the world premiere of Power by Nick Dear and Tartuffe both at the National Theatre, Twelfth Night, The Rivals, The Taming of the Shrew all for The Royal Shakespeare Company and Sexual Perversity in Chicago starring Minnie Driver and Matthew Perry.

Plays by Harold Pinter recently seen in London's West End include Old Times (Donmar Warehouse 2004), Betrayal (Duchess Theatre 2003), No Man's Land (Lyttelton Theatre 2001), The Homecoming (Comedy Theatre 2001), Mountain Language/ Ashes to Ashes (Royal Court Theatre 2001), One For The Road (New Ambassadors Theatre 2001), The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre 2000), The Birthday Party (Piccadilly Theatre 1999), Betrayal (Lyttelton Theatre 1998) and A Kind of Alaska, The Collection and The Lover (Donmar Warehouse 1998).

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Type of production: Play

Opened: 20 April 2005

Booking until: 25 June 2005

Running time: 2hrs 20mins

Prices: £ - £

Author / playwright: Harold Pinter

Cast: Eileen Atkins , Henry Goodman