The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
The Birthday Party (1957) is the first full-length play by Harold Pinter. It is also one of his best-known and most frequently performed plays.
In the setting of a rundown seaside boarding house, a little birthday party is turned into a nightmare when two sinister strangers arrive unexpectedly. The play has been classified as a comedy of menace characterised by Pinteresque elements such as ambiguous identity, confusions of time and place and dark political symbolism.