REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre

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Ian Rickson’s 60th-anniversary revival of Harold Pinter’s best-known play has opened at the West End theatre named after the late playwright. The Birthday Party stars Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan and Pearl Mackie and runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 14 April 2018. Here’s 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.”

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 Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “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 on21st-centuryy 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.”

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.”

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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