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Duchess Theatre hosts Birthday Party



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its Midland's run, the Birmingham Rep production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, will open at the Duchess Theatre on April 25, 2005, with previews from April 20. It will star Henry Goodman and Eileen Atkins.

The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play and although it's now widely regarded as one of the great plays of modern British theatre, initially, it received only a luke-warm reception from critics.

Blending comedy with menace, the ordinary with the absurd, The Birthday Party centres upon Stanley, an unemployed musician and the only boarder at Meg and Petey's boarding house.

When Stanley's life is made less comfortable by the arrival of Goldberg and McCann, Meg throws him a birthday party.....

Henry Goodman is one of the West End's most versatile actors, with two Olivier Awards under his belt - Best Actor for A Merchant of Venice and Best Actor in a Musical for Assassins.

His other stage credits include Art, Angels in America, Chicago, Feelgood and Follies.

Eileen Atkins is also a multi-Olivier winner - twice Best Actress (for Honour in 2004 and The Unexpected Man in 1999) and three-times Best Supporting Actress (for Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and Mountain Language).

Also in the cast are Geoffrey Hutchings as Petey; Finbar Lynch as McCann; Paul Ritter as Stanley and Sinead Matthews as Lulu.

The Birthday Party will be directed by Lindsay Posner who was responsible for Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Oleanna and currently, for A Life in the Theatre.

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