The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party (1987)

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party (1957)

Channel BBC Two
Broadcast Date 21 June 1987
Broadcast time 21:20:00
Length (minutes) 110
Black and White No
Series Theatre Night
Broadcast Notes

Description A note on the script: the work here is a dramatic play that is being relayed on television as a television play. We are unaware of any differences in dialogue between the broadcast text and the published text of the play.
Language English

Linked Productions

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Linked People

Kenneth Ives (1934 - 2022)

Creative | Director

Bruce Macadie

Creative | Designer

Rosemary Hill

Creative | Producer (radio/television)

Linked Organisations

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) (Cultural Institution | Est. 1922)


Stanley (The Birthday Party) (Age: late thirties, Male)

Performer: Kenneth Cranham (1944)

Petey (Age: sixties, Male)

Performer: Robert Lang (1934 - 2004)

McCann (Age: 30, Male)

Performer: Colin Blakely (1930 - 1987)

Lulu (Age: twenties, Female)

Performer: Julie Walters (1950)

Goldberg (Age: fifties, Male)

Performer: Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

Meg (Age: sixties, Female)

Performer: Joan Plowright (1929)

Linked Awards

No award have been added to this production record yet.


Pinter at the BBC, 2019 DVD (URL)

Type: DVD

External Link:

This broadcast is included in the 2019 BFI/BBC box set.


The Birthday Party (BBC, 1987)

BBC Archives


The Birthday Party

Radio Times, 18 June 1987


illustrated article, p. 16; listing with colour photograph, p. 31

At Home for Pinter’s Party, by Hugh Hebert

The Guardian, 22 June 1987, p. 23

Newspaper review

Pinter Does his own Thing

The Independent, 20 June 1987, p. 33

Newspaper review

Stirring Sight, by Martin Cropper

The Times, 22 June 1987, p. 16


The Birthday Party

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