Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party

London Classic Theatre are returning to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with their production of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party from 25 to 27 February.

The theatre company have previously performed at the Theatre Royal with Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in 2015.

Directed by Michael Cabot, The company includes Jonathan Ashley (Goldberg), Gareth Bennett-Ryan (Stanley), Cheryl Kennedy (Meg), Ged McKenna (Petey), Declan Rodgers (McCann) and Imogen Wilde (Lulu).

Set in a shabby boarding house in a small English seaside town, an elderly couple take care of a solitary guest, who rarely ventures out.

The arrival of two enigmatic strangers seems to offer a welcome distraction from their mundane existence but when an impromptu, seemingly innocent birthday party abruptly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse, there are horrifying repercussions.

By turns, cryptic thriller and macabre comedy, The Birthday Party was Harold Pinter’s first major work and is among the most unusual and absorbing of his plays.

London Classic Theatre presents the first significant touring revival of the twenty-first century, promising to bring this ground-breaking classic to fresh and exhilarating life.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London.

He wrote twenty-nine plays including Betrayal, Old Times, The Homecoming and The Caretaker. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party runs from 25th until 27th of February, at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Tickets: £21.50 – £10. Book online at www.theatreroyal.org or call the Box Office on 01284 769 505.[/box]