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Famed writer Harold Pinter's 1978 stunning success Betrayal is back again to be played in your city. The popular play has been revived many times in the past and numerous successful production houses have presented it. This time around, it will be hitting the city of New York with full force very soon. So all the drama-lovers must get their Betrayal tickets beforehand and be sure to watch this masterpiece.
Based on Harold Pinter's real-life affair with Joan Bakewell, the BBC Television presenter, the details and plot of the play are very realistic and logical. The affair lasted seven years (from 1962 to 1969), during which Pinter and Bakewell both were married to Vivien Merchant and Michael Bakewell respectively. Taking inspiration from this love affair, the play has all the makings of a classic tale of romance, mistrust and disloyalty.
A distinctive feature of Harold's play is his use of the reverse order of events. This innovative technique encourages viewers to think along in order to keep up with the play and keeps their interest intact throughout the show. In the year 1983, the play was also adapted as a film, about which Robert Ebert observed "The Betrayal' structure strips away all artifice. It shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves."
Viewed as one of English playwright's leading works, Betrayal offers intense dialogues, deep-seated purposes, secrecy, treachery, concealed emotions, misleading friendships and a string of lies. With a very smooth and indulging plot, it shows the true face of the in-built selfishness in humans and brings to light a feat which can be seen in our society every day.
The story of Betrayal involves three leading characters namely Emma, Robert and Jerry. Emma, despite being married to Robert, is having an affair with his best friend Jerry, who is also married to Judith. In an interesting sequence of events, the full complexity and details of their relationships are revealed as the story goes on.
The play was first premiered in 1978 at the National Theatre in London by director Peter Hall and was instantly named as one of Harold Pinter's best works. Penelope Wilton played the character of Emma while Daniel Massey played Robert and Michael Gambon portrayed Jerry. The show was extremely well received by the audiences and critics alike and only a year later it bagged the Laurence Olivier Award for "The Best New Play".
Since then the play has been staged several times in famous theatres of London, Italy, New York, Australia, Hong Kong, Sheffield and Buenos Aires. This time around, Daniel Craig of Casino Royale fame along with Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz and the Oliver Award nominee Rafe Spall will be playing the roles of Robert, Emma and Jerry respectively, while the ten-time Tony and Academy Award winning director Mike Nichols will be directing the play.
James Murphy, who was previously the LCD Soundsystem bandleader has written fresh music for the play and the renowned producer Scott Rudin of The Death of a Salesman and The Book of Mormon fame has produced the venture. Scenic designs are handled by Ian MacNeil, sound design by Scott Lehrer, lightning designs by Brian MacDevitt and the costume designs by Ann Roth. With such a superb team, the show seems very promising and definitely not one to be missed.
A captivating play led by some brilliant actors and a hardworking crew is soon going to take over the Ethel Barrymore Theater. Performances start on Tuesday the 1st of October and the tickets are already on sale. To watch it live, grab your Betrayal tickets right away as they are limited in number and are running out fast. So book your deals now and take home with you a memorable and enjoyable experience.