The Birthday Party

by  Harold Pinter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f

"Fascinating capacity to be menacing, ominous and evocative of some dark and threatening doom." - The New York Post

"The most interesting play to be seen on Broadway." - The New York Times

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The Birthday Party

by  Harold Pinter

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    4m, 2f

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In a small house at a coastal resort lives a man, his mentally wayward wife, and their boarder, who has been with them for a year. He is a strange chap, unkempt and in-flight from we know not what. Enter an even stranger, sleek Jewish man and his musclebound Irish henchman. The mentally immature wife accommodates them with a room, and then decides that it is time for the boarder to have a birthday. At the party she arranges, the new guests play cruel games with the boarder, break his glasses, make a buffoon of him, and push him over the psychotic precipice. The next morning he is reduced to a gibbering idiot and meekly leaves with them.
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Reviews

"Fascinating capacity to be menacing, ominous and evocative of some dark and threatening doom." - New York Post

"The most interesting play to be seen on Broadway." - The New York Times

Keywords

Aging, Memory, Religion

Considerations

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: The living room of a house in a seaside town in England.

Casting

4m, 2f
PETEY, a man in his sixties
MEG, a woman in her sixties
STANLEY, a man in his late thirties
LULU, a girl in her twenties
GOLDBERG, a man in his fifties
McCANN, a man of thirty
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Authors

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008. (They were married in 1980). After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked as an actor under the stage name David Baron. Following his s ...

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The Birthday Party premiered at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England, on April 28, 1958.

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