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. The production is initially booking through to 20 August 2011.
Kristin Scott Thomas in rehearsals for Betrayal. Photo credit: Johan Persson
Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Miles in rehearsals for Betrayal. Photo credit: Johan Persson
Douglas Henshall in rehearsals for Betrayal. Photo credit: Johan Persson
Premiered at the National Theatre in 1978 with a cast comprising Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton the production was last seen in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007, where it starred Dervla Kirwan and Samuel West. David Jones directed the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film adaptation of the piece in 1983 with Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 and recipient of the Companion of Honour in 2002 Harold Pinter wrote 32 plays, 22 screenplays and directed 36 theatre productions prior to his death in 2008. In October 2006 Pinter performed Samuel Beckett’s monologue Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court, directed by Ian Rickson.
Rickson continues his work at the Comedy Theatre, where he recently staged The Children's Hour starring Elisabeth Moss and Keira Knightly - that production completed its extended run on 7 May 2011. Artistic director of the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, he helmed the critically-acclaimed Jerusalem which, following runs at the Royal Court and the West End starring Mark Rylance transferred to Broadway. Amongst his other directing credits are The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song for the Royal Court as well as The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still for the National.
Betrayal is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
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