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Betrayal is a play by British playwright Harold Pinter (1930-2008) [1]. Dramatic play which reverses conventional chronology to explore the multiple deceptions involved in a triangular relationship.

The original text

First produced in London at the National Theatre opening 15 November 1978. Published by Methuen, 1980.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1980: First produced in South Africa by PACT, directed by Leonard Schach with Helen Bourne, Michael McGovern and Michael McCabe.

1984: Presented by CAPAB Drama at the Nico Malan Theatre opening 24 March 1984. Directed by Ken Leach, design by Penny Simpson, lighting by Malcolm Hurrell. The cast: Michael McGovern (Jerry), Diane Wilson (Emma), Brian Kennedy (Barman), Roger Dwyer (Robert), Gary Carter (Waiter).

2006: Presented at the Baxter Theatre , directed by Lara Foot Newton with Susan Danford, Jeremy Crutchley, Andrew Buckland, Quentin Krog with set design by Patrick Curtis and lighting design by Mannie Manim.

2017: Performed at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square in June, directed by Greg Homann with Carly Graeme, Tom Fairfoot and Antony Coleman.


Betrayal theatre programmes, 1984, 2006.

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