Snug in the little bolthole he has found for himself in Meg’s seaside boarding house, Stanley can forget the failures of the past and indulge his comforting fantasies. But when two new lodgers come to stay, a chill shadow falls across his cosy life. Who are they? And why are they so keen to celebrate his birthday?
No one is safe. Harold Pinter’s first major play, The Birthday Party was met with general incomprehension when it was first performed in London in 1957, but now we recognise a classic post-war drama.