In a shabby boarding house in a small seaside town, an elderly couple care for a solitary guest who seldom ventures out. The arrival of two strangers is welcome but then an apparently innocent birthday party takes a deadly turn and there are horrifying repercussions.
This macabre and cryptic story is played out in Harold Pinter’s first major work, The Birthday Party, which London Classic Theatre brings to the Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds later this month. Pinter, who also acted and directed, went on to write Betrayal, Old Times, The Homecoming and The Caretaker, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
Previous productions the company have brought to the theatre include other modern classics by Alan Ayckbourn (Absent Friends) and Samuel Beckett (Waiting For Godot).
Michael Cabot directs The Birthday Party with a cast including Jonathan Ashley, Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Cheryl Kennedy and Ged McKenna. It is performed from February 25-27. Tickets are £21.50 to £10.