A surreal celebration where nothing is certain...
Stanley Webber is possibly a pianist who is lodging at Meg and Petey Boles’ seedy boarding house in an English seaside town, possibly on the South Coast. It is possibly Stanley’s birthday, although he’s adamant it’s not. When two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, arrive to stay and demand a celebration, his birthday party turns into a nightmare.
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY is Nobel Prize-winner Pinter’s first produced, full length play. It went on to become one of his best-known and most-popular. This powerful, unsettling and absurdly menacing story is directed by Blanche McIntyre (winner of the Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer 2011 for the critically acclaimed ACCOLADE and FOXFINDER).
‘I’ve wanted to work here for ages. There is a kind of magic trick of making the audience feel close even though the space is epic, that only the Exchange pulls off, and it allows plays to be ambitious and intimate at the same time.’ Blanche McIntyre, Director