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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 winning director Sam Mendes
This play is set in the 50's at a time of depression. It focuses on a boarding house in a coastal town. The play never actually leaves the kitchen and dining/living room.
The house is owned by a couple, Petey and Meg. They have a very odd relationship that is made up of small talk. Petey is hardly ever in the house and Meg is left her own company and that of Stanley.
Stanley is there only guest that seems to have been there for a very long time until one day when two mysterious men come and stay. They organise a birthday party that results in odd happenings.
This play is odd. It is one that you either love or hate. It tests your imagination and requires us to think about what we see. It also shocks us because we are able to see how menial and routined our lives are.
This can be found at most good bookshops and the UK price should be around 9 pounds. There is also a film that was made in about 1957. Harold Pinter is also known for his plays 'The Room' and 'The Caretaker'. It is also now on some A-level English courses.