Colin Firth may follow his BAFTA and Oscar-winning success with The King’s Speech with his first stage role in more than a decade. According to the Daily Mail, he’s in talks to star opposite Kristin Scott Thomas in the previously tipped new production of Harold Pinter’s 1978 play about adultery, Betrayal.

Famously played backwards in time, Betrayal - one of Pinter’s most oft-revived plays - traces a seven-year affair between art gallery owner Emma and literary agent Jerry, the best friend of her publisher husband Robert, from its poignant end to its first illicit kiss. It was last seen in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007, when it starred Dervla Kirwan and Samuel West.

The Mail says that Firth and Scott Thomas will play Jerry and Emma, who have the extra-marital affair, in the three-hander. In the 1996 film The English Patient, Firth played the husband of Scott Thomas, who cheated on him with a count played by Ralph Fiennes. Firth’s last major London stage outing was in Three Days of Rain at the Donmar Warehouse in 1999.