Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan & Zoë Wanamaker star in Pinter’s The Birthday Party

Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker are to appear in major revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.

Ian Rickson will direct Pinter’s masterpiece celebrating 60 years since the landmark play was first performed.

Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house.

The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu.

Mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare.

Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece about the absurd terrors of the everyday.

This will be the seventh Harold Pinter play to be produced by Sonia Friedman, three of which have been directed by Ian Rickson, who also directed Pinter himself in his last performance as an actor in Krapp’s Last Tape.

It is also the ninth production directed by Ian Rickson that Sonia Friedman has produced.

Ian Rickson said: “I knew Harold from when I ran the Royal Court and he was a great mentor to me.

“Doing The Birthday Party is particularly thrilling because as with the best first major plays – like first albums, and first novels – it has the intense DNA of the writer’s inner life; their yearnings, their obsessions, their longings.

“There’s something about The Birthday Party in particular that’s so raw and committed – it has this kind of anarchic, punk spirit and I’m just so excited about directing it.”

The Birthday Party plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre From January 9 to April 14.

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