“MAGNIFICENT! AN EXEMPLARY REVIVAL! The final image will resonate in my memory for a long time to come.” – ArtsFuse.com

“MAGNIFICENT! SPARKLING PERFORMANCES AND SEAMLESS DIRECTION! Gretchen Egolf sparkles while Alan Cox and Mark H. Dold spark.”
- BerkshireFineArts.com

“An intricate web of secrets and lies. Director Maria Aitken demonstrates a sure touch.”The Boston Globe

For seven years, Emma and Jerry engage in a passionate love affair, deceiving their spouses, each other, and at times, even themselves. One of the 20th century’s most influential dramatists, Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter innovatively explores the complexities of love, guilt, and duplicity in this Olivier Award-winning classic.

"Harold Pinter has been on the short list of playwrights I've wanted to include in a season since I arrived at the Huntington. Maria will bring sharp honesty to the play's simple, spare beauty and a singular perspective as an interpreter of his writing." — Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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  • Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    From NPR: Nobel laureate Harold Pinter is noted for his use of "silence" as a playwright. Long, tense pauses between his characters became a technique and a trademark of his plays, often making audiences squirm and wonder what people do not — and perhaps cannot — say to one another. We revisit one of Pinter's most well-known plays, Betrayal.

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  • Reputations: Harold Pinter

    From TheatreVoice.com: At the end of his birthday week, a day after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter’s work is critically assessed by Michael Billington, Dan Rebellato, Charles Spencer and Ian Smith. Aleks Sierz hosts. Recorded live.

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Articles

  • Memory and Structure: The Middle Plays of Harold pinter

    Betrayal shares a central concern with several of Pinter's other middle period plays, including Old Times and No Man's Land: memory.

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  • Through Different Worlds: Alan Cox on Acting In Pinter

    Across his career, actor Alan Cox has performed plays from different stages of playwright Harold Pinter’s canon. Most recently, he played Aston in a production of Pinter’s first major success, The Caretaker, opposite Jonathan Pryce. Now he takes on a later play, Betrayal. He spoke with dramaturg Charles Haugland about the evolution of his experience with Pinter.

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  • The Injured Bone: Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    Harold Pinter had an odd sort of memory. “Harold’s memory is not linear at all,” recalled his wife Antonia Fraser. “He’s got a memory like a camera as if he’s taking shots. Occasionally they are moving photographs: extraordinarily sharp and vivid, but not necessarily connected.” Watching Betrayal, a very thinly-veiled portrait of one of Pinter’s affairs, is like remembering a relationship through Pinter’s eyes.

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  • An Interview with Costume Director Nancy Brennan

    Nancy Brennan has been the costume director at the Huntington since 2005. In recent years, she's done double duty, also serving as Maria Aitken's costume designer on Educating Rita in 2011 and the upcoming Betrayal. Early in the design process, she sat down with the Huntington's Charles Haugland (Artistic Programs & Dramaturgy) to discuss her process and history as a designer.

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  • Affairs to Remember

    It was little surprise to the British public that Harold Pinter had written a play about an affair. Three years before Betrayal’s premiere, Pinter’s marriage to his first wife, actress Vivian Merchant, ended in a firestorm of tabloid coverage as he ran off with the wife of a member of Parliament, the author Lady Antonia Fraser.

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  • Affairs to Remember

    It was little surprise to the British public that Harold Pinter had written a play about an affair. Three years before Betrayal’s premiere, Pinter’s marriage to his first wife, actress Vivian Merchant, ended in a firestorm of tabloid coverage as he ran off with the wife of a member of Parliament, the author Lady Antonia Fraser.

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Press Reviews

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“MAGNIFICENT! AN EXEMPLARY REVIVAL! The final image will resonate in my memory for a long time to come.” – ArtsFuse.com

“MAGNIFICENT! SPARKLING PERFORMANCES AND SEAMLESS DIRECTION! Gretchen Egolf sparkles while Alan Cox and Mark H. Dold spark.

“The exquisite sets and lighting act as contextural characters themselves. Allen Moyer’s scenic design is simply spectacular. The lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg accentuates and subtlety underscores the settings.”
- BerkshireFineArts.com

“An intricate web of secrets and lies. Director Maria Aitken demonstrates a sure touch.”The Boston Globe

“AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF THEATRE!” South Shore Critic

“REMARKABLE! Gretchen Egolf is riveting!” – WBUR.org

“POWERFUL!” – Cape Cod Times

The greatest and most moving of all Pinter’s plays. – The London Telegraph

RIVETING! A malicious comedy of manners about mutual deceit. – New York Times

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Features

  • Huntington's Betrayal a Mix of Guilt, Love, and Lies

    From BU Today, Nov. 14, 2012: "What is the worst part of an affair—the deception surrounding it, the self-absorption and guilt that inevitably occur, or the secrets that people hold from one another? That question is central to Betrayal, Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter’s 1978 drama chronicling the passionate seven-year affair between Emma and Jerry, a married man who’s also the best friend of Emma’s husband, Robert. . . . "
  • When Times Deceives, In Stories That Run Backward

    From The Boston Globe, Nov. 8, 2012: "Since Betrayal, we have become accustomed to reverse-chronology storytelling, mostly in narratives that move from bad endings to good, or at least better, beginnings. . . . "
  • Harold Pinter's Betrayal

    From NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005: Nobel laureate Harold Pinter is noted for his use of "silence" as a playwright. Long, tense pauses between his characters became a technique and a trademark of his plays, often making audiences squirm and wonder what people do not — and perhaps cannot — say to one another. We revisit one of Pinter's most well-known plays, Betrayal.
  • Harold Pinter, In His Own Words

    From The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2008: "When he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Mr. Pinter was too ill to attend the awards ceremony at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm but delivered an acceptance speech from a wheelchair in a recorded video. . . . "
  • Heart of the Matter

    From Daily Mail, March 4, 2009: "She was the original 'thinking man's crumpet' and remains disarmingly frank about sex. But as Joan Bakewell reveals in this compelling interview how her affair with Harold Pinter — and the play it spawned — still dominates her life. . . . "

Artists

  • Alan CoxJerry
  • Mark H. DoldRobert
  • Gretchen EgolfEmma
  • Luis NegrónWaiter
  • Maria AitkenDirector
  • Harold PinterPlaywright
  • Allen MoyerScenic Design
  • Nancy BrennanCostume Design
  • Philip S. RosenbergLighting Design
  • John GromadaOriginal Music / Sound Design
  • Marti McIntoshProduction Stage Manager

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