The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 18 June 1964

Design by Ralph Koltai

Petey - Newton Blick
Meg - Doris Hare
Stanley - Bryan Pringle
Lulu - Janet Suzman
Goldberg - Brewster Mason
McCann - Patrick Magee

"The author himself directs the present production, which may therefore be assumed to be authentic. His direction is first-class, and he has a fine cast at his disposal."

B. A. Young, The Financial Times, 19 June 1964.


"On the whole Mr Pinter has directed with considerable effect, though I consider the production would benefit from a quicker pace throughout."

R. B. Marriott, The Stage, June 1964

"Apart from the direction of the actors, the main difference in this production [to Peter Wood's premiere in 1958] is that Pinter has tried to make every detail as ordinary as possible - the seaside boarding-house, its inhabitants and the two dark-suited thugs who come to take Stanley away. I see his point - the more familiar the context, the more real the menace which develops - and certainly this theory sometimes works [...] Pinter's production probably reveals the play's meaning more clearly than Peter Wood's."

Bamber Gascoigne, The Observer, June 1964.

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