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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding-house by two strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. This educational edition is designed to be ...

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Excellent

Landmark British drama

Don't expect everything spelt out for you

The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play and still stands as one of his best. It has been (over-) analysed over the years, almost as much as Waiting For Godot and yet, like Godot, can be summarised quite simply. Stanley is holed up in a dingy seaside borading house run by dotty Meg...

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Good

“A play for the absurd”

published 23/01/2004

Thought Provoking

odd and sometimes boring

This is written by Harold Pinter who was a playwright who was classed in the genre 'theatre of the absurd'. He has won two lifetime achievement awards, one for literature and one for theatre. This play has been revived several times and most recently my the Laurence Olivier and Oscar award...

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Excellent

“A play about society”

published 02/02/2004

Gives you an (often disturbing) glance into the hu...

Concepts are very complex to understand

The Birthday Party is based in a small boarding house in a coastal town, which is owned by two old dears and inhabited by just one lodger: Stanley. We have no idea who Stanley is or why he is there but he appears to have been staying in the boarding house for over a year. Stanley is obviously...

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Excellent

“The Birthday Party”

published 17/03/2006

Brilliantly comic and gripping for a play with lit...

You have to let yourself be drawn in.

This is truely one of the best plays i have ever read, seen or performed. It is so subtly sinister. Its an in your face drama without being in your face. Its riveting, yet nothing happens. The passage of time for a sleepy seaside guesthouse contains madness, emotional breakdowns, yet leaves you...

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Super

“come fly with me”

published 04/11/2005

a great feeling to use, quite cheep

a little bit too chunky for the desk

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