What Did Critics Think of London Revival of The Birthday Party? | Playbill

The Verdict What Did Critics Think of London Revival of The Birthday Party?
Toby Jones and Zoë Wanamaker star in the revival of Harold Pinter’s drama.
Harold Pinter&#39;s <i>The Birthday Party </i>
Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party

Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoë Wanamaker, Pearl Mackie, Peter Wight, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor star in the London revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, which officially opened January 18 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Performances began January 9. Ian Rickson directs.

Read what critics had to say:

The Guardian (Susannah Clapp)

The Stage (Fergus Morgan)

Variety (Matt Trueman)

The play, according to production notes, concerns “Stanley Webber (Jones), [who] is the only lodger at Meg (Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ (Wight) sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Mangan) and McCann (Vaughan-Lawlor) disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu (Mackie), and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.”

The production is designed by the Quay Brothers, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker, music by Stephen Warbeck, and casting by Amy Ball.

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