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Betrayal by Harold Pinter. 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

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

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).

Helen Bourne played in a production of the play in Johannesburg pre-1990.

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 (2006). Lighting design by Mannie Manim.


Betrayal theatre programme, 1984.

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