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The Birthday Party

Summary
Associated-Rediffusion production for ITV of Pinter’s The Birthday Party. This television première of the play was seen by 11 million viewers (source: Michael Billington, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, p. 110).
Theatre play
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter [more information]
Date of transmission
Tuesday 22 March 1960
Time
9.35-11.05pm
Series
Play of the Week
Channel
ITV
Production company
Associated-Rediffusion (1955-1964)

Credits

Director
Joan Kemp-Welch (1906-1999)
Playwright
Harold Pinter
Composer
Ron Gainer
Designer
Fred Pusey
Cast
Alfred BurkeMcCann
Michael Elyunderstudy
Arthur HewlettPetey
Bernadette MilnesLulu
Lee MontagueGoldberg
Richard PearsonStanley (Pearson was in the stage première of this work.)
Margery WithersMeg

Additional details

Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.

Print sources

Title
A Simple Play: The Birthday Party on Television (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Times, 23 March 1960, p. 16
Title
Associated-Rediffusion presents Play of the Week: The Birthday Party (Newspaper advertisement)
Reference
The Times, 22 March 1960, p. 15
Notes
with an image from the production
Title
Oedipus of the Sixth Form (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Maurice Richardson (Reviewer)
Reference
The Observer, 27 March 1960, p. 25
Title
Radio (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Mary Crozier (Reviewer)
Reference
The Guardian, 25 March 1960, p. 11
Linking notes
passing mention in a review of a radio production of Pinter’s A Night Out
Title
Television (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Mary Crozier (Reviewer)
Reference
The Guardian, 23 March 1960, p. 7
Title
The Birthday Party (Archive file)
Archive
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Reference
Special Collections, Associated-Rediffusion Television papers, file reference ART/133/1-2
Title
The Life and Work of Harold Pinter (Book)
Author/creator
Michael Billington (Author)
Reference
London: Faber, 1996
Linking notes
p. 110 has quotations from press reviews
Title
TV Times, 18 March 1960 (Magazine)
Linking notes
illustrated article, p. 16; listing, p. 29

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