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From Annie Baker to Pinter: the plays to book now for early 2018

The best theatre to see at the start of the year

By Michael Coveney   January 2018

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…

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