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Pinter On Screen

The Birthday Party + A Night Out

A rare chance to see Pinter acting in his own work, plus the story of an office worker’s encounter with a genteel prostitute.

We are pleased to announce that actor Kenneth Cranham will give a brief intro to The Birthday Party.

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The Birthday Party

Theatre Night, BBC 1987
Dir Kenneth Ives
With Harold Pinter, Julie Walters, Joan Plowright, Kenneth Cranham

A rare chance to see Pinter acting in his own work. As Goldberg, who along with McCann comes to take away the feral Stanley, Pinter not only exudes a sinister avuncularity, but reminds us that the two intruders are themselves victims. A first-rate cast, in a light, tight production.

A Night Out

Armchair Theatre, ITV 1960
Dir Philip Saville
With Harold Pinter, Tom Bell, Vivien Merchant, Arthur Lowe, Madge Ryan

In this play about male insecurity, 28-year-old Albert seeks to escape a possessive mother, is accused of inappropriate behaviour at an office party and winds up with a genteel sex-worker. Tom Bell as Albert and Vivien Merchant as the prostitute are riveting, Pinter himself puts in a cameo appearance, and the play beat Sunday Night at the London Palladium to second place in the TV ratings.


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