The Birthday Party tickets
Sold Out Event
Missed it? Browse live shows now!Find Events
The Birthday Party
Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal and Old Times, Ian Rickson reunites with Sonia Friedman Productions to direct a major new revival of Harold Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece, The Birthday Party.
Starring in Pinter’s comedy of menace are Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock, Atomic Blonde), Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes), Zoë Wanamaker CBE (Harlequinade, Passion Play, My Family), Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (All My Sons, Peaky Blinders, The Infiltrator) and Peter Wight (Hamlet, Electra, Atonement).
Stanley Webber is the only lodger at Meg and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare. Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter's landmark play about the absurd terrors of the everyday.
Ian Rickson’s new production of The Birthday Party will be designed by the Quay Brothers, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker, music by Stephen Warbeck and casting by Amy Ball.
- Good To Know
We can never guarantee a particular actor. This is subject to sickness and holidays.
- How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email with a voucher attached. You must print the voucher and bring it with you on the day of the performance to collect your tickets. We recommend you arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before the show to collect your tickets and settle into your seats.
- Where Do I Go
Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
By Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Charing Cross
By Bus: 14, 19, 24, 29, 38
Harold Pinter Theatre
Latest customer reviews
Great acting, but I now know I’m not a Pinter fan
1 April 2018
The acting was great. Steve Mangan put in a fantastic performance and the rest of the cast were good. I just didn’t like the play.
Hatstand Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 March 2018
The Birthday Party was entirely unexpected and gripping. Ordinary events and interactions suddenly turned absurd in the blink of an eye, leaving the audience stunned at every turn. If you are looking for a play that challenges your assumptions of humanity and its purpose, this is a must-see.
Claire V. Confirmed ticket purchaser
Fascinating image of times gone by
15 March 2018
I very much enjoyed the play - the events triggering ideas and memories in my own imagination. The performances are all good - as they should be in such a high profile production. Don't worry about what it 'means' - let the imagery flow through you like an abstract painting.
Hilary Tones Confirmed ticket purchaser
25 February 2018
Didn’t really understand the giste of what was going on
Jo monk Confirmed ticket purchaser
27 January 2018
Dystopic - leaves one thinking - it's not about the text or the story line but rather about the experience one gets. It's interesting and great actors but I came out feeling like "I didn't get it"
Dalal Confirmed ticket purchaser
Latest critic reviews
"A fantastic revival of a darkly comic masterpiece"
"An extravaganza of talent. You couldn’t wish for a better revival than this."
"A meticulous, beautifully considered, richly eloquent production - not to be missed."
"Ian Rickson has given us a beautifully judged, beautifully acted, powerful revival of Pinter’s first masterpiece. Gripping from start to finish."