News: The Birthday Party to embark on UK tour starring Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins will play Meg Boles, Tristan Gemmill will play Goldberg and Paul Hickey will play McCann in a national UK tour of Harold Pinter’s comedy of menace which will receive a dramatic new re-imagining from the team behind Waiting for Godot. Following a two-year celebration of the works of Harold Pinter in the West End, this is Pinter’s most popular and widely performed play. Further casting will be announced in due course.

The tour will open at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 2 – 11 April, followed by The Lowry Quays (14-18 April), Oxford Playhouse (21- 25 April), Guildford Yvonne Arnaud (28 April – 2 May), Edinburgh Kings (5-9 May), Norwich Theatre Royal (12-16 May), Cardiff New (26–30 May), Richmond Theatre (2-6 June) and Milton Keynes Theatre (9- 13 June).

Set in a dilapidated seaside boarding house the mysterious Stanley Webber receives a visit from two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann. They arrive on Stanley’s birthday – or is it? What do they want and why do they want to turn Stanley’s quite world upside down?

Everyman Theatre’s Creative Director, Paul Milton, brings together this fine cast to present Pinter’s classic darkly comic masterpiece with design by Dawn Allsopp, Lighting design by Michael Hall and Sound design by Steve Anderson.

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham will be producing and co-producing more work throughout 2020 including Shirley Valentine starring Claire Sweeney, directed by Ian Talbot which opens on 13 February, a 10-week national tour starting on 23 April of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new comedy A Bunch of Amateurs and a co-production with Bath Theatre Royal of The Dresser staring Julian Cleary and Matthew Kelly directed by Terry Johnson which will tour nationally, opening at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on 10 September. For further details visit


2 – 11 April
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
01242 572 573

14 – 18 April
The Lowry Quays Theatre
0343 208 6000

21 – 25 April
Oxford Playhouse
01865 305305

28 April – 2 May
Guildford Yvonne Arnaud
01483 44 00 00

5 – 9 May
Edinburgh Kings
0131 529 6000

12 – 16 May
Norwich Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00

26 – 30 May
Cardiff New Theatre
(0)29 2087 8889

2 – 6 June
Richmond Theatre
0844 871 7651

9 – 13 June
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652

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