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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
05 June 13 - 06 July 13

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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
by Harold Pinter
A surreal celebration where nothing is certain...
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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



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Press Quotes & Audience Comments
Press Quotes & Audience Comments
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Press Quotes:

'A CRACKING CAST…When McIntyre’s production is good IT IS VERY VERY GOOD – in ED GAUGHAN it boasts A BRILLIANT STANLEY.’ The Guardian

 

* * * * 'There was a moment that had even die-hard followers GASPING FOR AIR…ABSURD and INGLORIOUS. The actors ride the silence and taut dialogue with EXTREME SKILL. Ed Gaughan’s Stanley is OUSTANDING…IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP THINKING ABOUT.’ The Independent

‘POWERFUL and UNSETTLING…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ Manchester Evening News

‘DELICIOUS MYSTERY…WONDERFULLY CLAUSTROPHOBIC...’  The Stage

‘BRILLIANTLY-OBSERVED dialogue…Maggie Steed is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.  Ed Gaughan gives a performance that is QUITE REMARKABLE’ British Theatre Guide

* * * * 'Ed Gaughan’s Stanley STANDS OUT as THE PERFORMANCE OF THE EVENING. His depth of character and transformation by the end is A MASTERPIECE’ The Public Reviews


Audience Comments via Twitter:

Great performances by entire cast in #thebirthdayparty this evening @rxtheatre, very imaginative set also!
 
Harold Pinter's #TheBirthdayParty @rxtheatre is excellent! Highly recommended...on till 6th Jul 13. Great performances by all!
 
Loved The Birthday Party at The Royal Exchange in Manchester tonight. Four week run so check it out! #royalexchangemanchester #haroldpinter
 
Powerful performances by all #TheBirthdayParty last night. #EdGaughan superb as Stanley. Great show from @blanchemcintyre and @rxtheatre
 
'The Birthday Party' @rxtheatre is fantastic theatre. Engrossing, comedic, and chilling in turns. #Pinter #dontletthemtellyouwhattodo
 
@rxtheatre Loved The Birthday Party at the Exchange, Manchester. So many great things in it I can't list them all. Just superb.
 
The Birthday Party is beautifully played. Maggie Steed's performance is so absorbing. A must for anyone serious about theatre! @rxtheatre
 
The Birthday Party @rxtheatre is electrifying, dark,v funny, & makes you think. Pinter is a genius and the cast are terrific. Go & see it!
 
"Stan, don't let them tell you what to do", powerful stuff at @rxtheatre production of the disturbing & intriguing "The Birthday Party"
 
Pinter is a literary genius but still processing his message in the fabulously well acted The Birthday Party @rxtheatre




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Performing Pinter
Performing Pinter
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Assistant director Holly Race Roughan gives an insight into what makes the process of rehearing and performing Pinter’s work unique. Click here to download.


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New Blanche McIntrye Interview
New Blanche McIntrye Interview
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Cast
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Desmond BarritKeith DunphyEd GaughanPaul McClearyDanusia SamalMaggie Steed
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Designed by Dick Bird
Sound by Gregory Clarke
Lighting by Malcolm Rippeth

EVENT INFORMATION

VENUE
The Theatre

BOOK TICKETS
Via Box Office on 0161 833 983
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TICKET PRICES
£10 - £35 (click here for more details)

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
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RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 20 minutes (includes 1 interval of 20 minutes)

BACK STAGE TOUR
Wednesday 12 June, 11.00am
This tour is BSL Interpreted

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Thursday 20 June

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Saturday 29 June, 3.30pm

BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Friday 5 July, 7.30pm

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Thursday 27 June, 7.30pm

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IN THE LOUNGE WITH...
Director Blanche McIntyre
Thursday 20 June, 6.00pm
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INTRODUCING... THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
Tuesday 18 June, 10.00am - 12 noon
Pre-show talk and demonstration for schools, community groups and individuals. More Information