The Birthday Party

Selected production history

London première

Lyric Hammersmith, London, UK, directed by Peter Wood, May 1958.

  • Willoughby Gray, as Petey
  • Beatrix Lehmann, as Meg
  • Richard Pearson, as Stanley
  • Wendy Hutchinson, as Lulu
  • John Slater, as Goldberg
  • John Stratton, as McCann

(The Birthday Party [Grove Press ed.] 8)

New York City première

Booth Theatre, New York, US, directed by Alan Schneider, October 1967.

  • Henderson Forsythe, as Petey
  • Ruth White, as Meg
  • James Patterson, as Stanley
  • Alexandra Berlin, as Lulu
  • Ed Flanders, as Goldberg
  • Edward Winter, as McCann

(The Birthday Party [Grove Press ed.] 8)

Selected US regional and off-Broadway New York productions


Classic Stage Company (CSC Repertory Theatre), New York City, directed by Carey Perloff; first production from 12 April to 22 May 1988; second production in a double bill with the American première of Mountain Language, from 31 October to 23 December 1989).[24][25]


American Repertory Theater (ART), Loeb Drama Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, directed by Joanne Akalaitis, from 6 to 27 March 2004.[7]


Northwest High School Theatre Department, Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center, Northwest High School, Ft. Worth, Texas, directed by Alva Hascall, fall 2005


  • Ethel M. Barber Theater, of the Theater & Interpretation Center, School of Communication, at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, directed by Jason Tyne-Zimmerman, in November 2006.
  • Irish Classical Theatre Company at the Andrews Theatre, Buffalo, New York, directed by Greg Natale, from January to February 2007.
  • Bruka Theatre, 99 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada, directed by Tom Plunkett, in July 2007.[26]
  • Stage Center Theatre, at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, directed by Dan Wirth, from November to December 2006.[27]


Germinal Stage Denver, Denver, Colorado, directed by Ed Baierlein, from 4 April to 4 May 2008.[23][28]

50th anniversary revival and related celebratory events

Lyric Hammersmith, London, UK, directed by David Farr, from 8 May to 24 May 2008 (Lee); "Cast include[d]: Sian Brooke; Sheila Hancock; Lloyd Hutchinson; Justin Salinger; Alan Williams; Nicholas Woodeson" (revival website).


Melbourne Theatre Company presents 'The Birthday Party' at the Fairfax Theatre, The Arts Centre

Notable subsequent French revival, March 2009

L'Anniversaire (The Birthday Party), adapted and directed by Michel Fagadau, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, through 26 March 2009.[29]


  • Lorant Deutsch
  • Jean-François Stévenin
  • Andréa Ferréol
  • Nicolas Vaude
  • Jacques Boudet
  • Émilie Chesnais[29]


Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) presents The Birthday Party, directed by Bruce Roach, in repertory with three Pinter one-acts, The Collection, The Lover and Night, 16 Aug. – 11 September 2011.

Teatro La Plaza, Lima, Perú, presents "La fiesta de cumpleaños"(The Birthday Party) directed by Chela de Ferrari


Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago directed by Austin Pendleton 24 January – 28 April 2013. Cast:

  • Ian Barford as "Stanley"
  • John Mahoney as "Petey"
  • Moira Harris as "Meg"
  • Frances Guinan as "Goldberg"

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