The Birthday Party

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The Birthday Party [1] is a 1957 play by Harold Pinter. Published by French and by Methuen in 1960.

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Staged by Leonard Schach Productions in the Hofmeyr Theatre in Cape Town (opening 2nd April) and the Playhouse in Johannesburg (opening 26th June), directed by Schach, with Jane Fenn (Meg), Siegfried Mynhardt (Percy), Kerry Jordan (Stanley), Diane Wilson (Lulu), Yossi Graber (Goldberg) and Michael McGovern (McCann). Settings by Pamela Lewis.

Leonard Schach directed this play, followed by Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana which was staged at the Hofmeyr Theatre and the Playhouse, Johannesburg, by the Cockpit Players in 1962. Decor was by Pamela Lewis. In the cast were Jane Fenn, Yossi Graber, Kerry Jordan, Michael McGovern, Siegfried Mynhardt, Diane Wilson.

2006: A production by the Rhodes University Drama Department was directed by Lindsay Reardon and Aylwyn Walsh.

Translations and adaptations


Leonard Schach Productions theatre programme, 1962.

Inskip, 1977. p 123.

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