Betrayal is about my relationship with Harold and it’s all true
Betrayal: “There is not much more to say on the subject.” Says Robert, in one of the scene’s with his wife, Emma. This particular “Betrayal” was one perpetrated by the playwright himself, and his choice to tell the story in reverse creates high tension from the get-go and from which he never relents.
While married to actress, Vivien Merchant, Harold Pinter passionately fell for the television presenter, Joan Bakewell. In 1962 Bakewell and Pinter began a scorching 7 year affair. Not until the writing of Betrayal did it become public. One may wonder how a past lover can reveal something so intimate, that was given such discretion for many years, all told in about 140 pages of dialogue. Bakewell’s spot on response notes the name of the show is Betrayal for a reason. We surmise that even 30 years later the triangle of friends still harbor the effects of disloyalty, broken trust and broken hearts.
Betrayal opens Feb 13th and runs for 2 weeks at South of Broadway Theatre, then moves onto Flowertown Players for 2 weeks. Tickets HERE.
An interview with Dame Joan Bakewell in 2009 where she admits she still isn’t over Harold Pinter. Picture below is Harold Pinter as interviewed by Joan Bakewell for her television series, Late Night Line Up. Photo credit BBC
Learn more about Harold Pinter.org, playwright, poet, screenwriter, director, and actor.
In 2005, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world. In announcing the award, Horace Engdahl, Chairman of the Swedish Academy, said that Pinter was an artist “who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed room.” See Harold Pinter’s full Nobel Prize acceptance speech.