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.