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Ian Rickson’s excellent production at the Harold Pinter Theatre demonstrates, without a shadow of a doubt, why The Birthday Party deserves its classic status.
But this starry revival of The Birthday Party which has just opened at – where else? – the Harold Pinter Theatre – is immensely enjoyable – even if you occasionally lose the plot.
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. Here’s what critics thought.
With its episode of a game of blind man’s bluff being both very funny and rather horrible, this is a Birthday Party for a generation brought up on The League of Gentlemen.
Ian Rickson’s production is a tense and unnerving experience that utilises all the skills of its excellent cast to reinforce the oddity of one of Pinter’s most performed plays.
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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’, the Doctor’s companion, in the latest series of the BBC’s Doctor Who.