Birthday Suite

published by Samuel French
This play is still regularly produced in Britain and around Europe more than 20 years after its first British tours.


T ake two adjoining hotel suites, add two couples, both on extremely nervous blind dates, contrive that they each somehow meet the wrong partner, and complicate matters with an enthusiastic Italian room waiter whose mission in life is to encourage romance wherever it might spark, and you have the recipe for an evening of chaotic entanglements and unlikely liaisons which constantly teeters on the edge of disaster.

Cast

  • TONY (An Italian room waiter)
  • BOB (A civil servant)
  • KATE (An attractive thirty something)
  • DICK (A psychiatrist)
  • LIZ (Another attractive thirty something)

T wo adjoining bedrooms in a medium-class city centre hotel. Virtually identical, one a mirror image of the other, each with an ensuite bathroom off, and both separated by a token ’wall’ down the centre of the stage with an inter-connecting door in the upstage section.

Upstage in each room is a concealed double bed which is lowered by hand from its alcove in the wall (only one of which is actually used.)

At curtain up one room is arranged for a private dinner with the bed concealed and a table and chairs set in the centre. The other room just has an ice bucket and champagne bottle set in a prominent position.