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The Birthday Party

Issue No. 2100

The Nobel prize for literature winner Harold Pinter’s first full-length play returns to the theatre it made its debut at 50 years ago.

It centres around Stanley Webber, a mysterious man who claims to be a piano player.

He is visited in the boarding house he now lives in by two sinister characters, Goldberg and McCann, who are looking for a “certain person”.

A birthday party for Stanley turns into a terrible experience.

The play received poor reviews when it first opened, but today The Birthday Party is rightly recognised as a classic.

The Birthday Party
written by Harold Pinter
Lyric Hammersmith, London W6
ntil 24 May

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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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