The best theatre to see at the start of the yearby Michael Coveney / December 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2018 issue of Prospect Magazine
The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter, 9th January to 14th April
Pinter’s first play comes to the theatre now re-named for him 60 years after its controversial premiere. This is a significant revival for a play that only two or three critics first recognised as a modern masterpiece in 1958. Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan lead a production by director Ian Rickson, lately associated with the new plays of Joe Penhall and Jez Butterworth. The setting is a boarding house on the south coast. A sense of menace and foreboding develops when two men in raincoats turn up unannounced.