Betrayal

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Previewed 27 May 2011, Opened 16 June 2011, Closed 20 August 2011 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

A major revival of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal in London starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.

"I've always rather liked Jerry. To be honest, I've always liked him rather more than I've liked you. Maybe I should have had an affair with him myself." Emma has had a seven year affair with Jerry, her husband's best friend and best man. But it's over now... Beginning at the end of the affair, each scene of Harold Pinter's compelling masterpiece Betrayal moves backwards in time to the fateful moment when the infidelity begins. Accessible, elegant and menacing, this story of the ultimate love triangle is widely considered to be one of Pinter's finest works, a gripping study of adultery.

The cast for this brand new production of Betrayal in London stars Kristin Scott Thomas as 'Emma', Douglas Henshall as 'Jerry' and Ben Miles as 'Robert'. It is directed by Ian Rickson with set designs by Jeremy Herbert, costume designs by Edward K Gibbon, lighting by Johanna Town, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.

"This is Pinter for people who don't think they like Pinter. No political ranting, no wilful obscurity, no gnomic crypto-wisdoms: just a recognisable middle-class setting and a clear reason for the menacing pauses. Add to that the frisson of upmarket kiss-and-tell that hung around it ever since it was revealed, years after its 1978 opening, that it more or less told the story of Harold Pinter 's own adulterous affair with Joan Bakewell and that her husband - his friend - knew about it and kept shtoom. Then cast the magnetic, intelligently sultry Kristin Scott Thomas as the woman, Emma, get Ian Rickson to direct with forensic precision, and you have 90 minutes of slightly guilty pleasure - a vodka Martini of a play, with Scott Thomas as the thrillingly melting ice-cube and Ben Miles and Douglas Henshall as the cherry and umbrella." The Times

"Ian Rickson's stunning production charts every painful nuance... Part of its brilliance is that with each viewing, you discover new layers of deceit: when Emma reluctantly tells Jerry she's pregnant by her husband, what emerges most forcefully is that the wife feels she's been unfaithful to her lover. Miles's Robert, tightly coiled, is a revelation. He conceals his wounds and bitterness beneath a hard, tight poker face, but his banter is lethally barbed. He also suggests an almost masochistic pleasure in his secret knowledge of his wife's affair. Douglas Henshall's performance has a rawness made up of tenderness and soggy confusion. Kristin Scott Thomas is utterly bewitching. Her emotional candour takes your breath away, yet she always seems also to be withholding a tiny part of herself and so remains, forever, sphinx-like. This is a must-see production." The Mail on Sunday

"Robert, a publisher, is married to Emma. Jerry, a literary agent, and Robert's best man, is having an affair with Emma. There are children involved. There are literary contracts involved. There are emotional and financial compromises being made. It is one hell of a mess... Kristin Scott Thomas, the mistress of brittle, passionate understatement, is tailor-made for Pinter, and thrives in a role that demands both steely self-possession and tantalising vulnerability. Miles and Henshall are stags worthy of Pinter's sparring dialogue and bring a poker-faced wit to the author's stylised riffs and cross-talk... It's viciously funny and packs a bruising emotional punch." The Sunday Telegraph

Betrayal in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 27 May 2011, opened on 16 June 2011 and closed on 20 August 2011.