Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall star in a major work by Harold Pinter, one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists.Ethel Barrymore TheatreOpening Night
- October 27 2013Final Performance
- January 05 2014
Rachel Weisz, Rafe Spall, and Daniel Craig (left to right) in Harold Pinter's Betrayal.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Emma (Rachel Weisz) is married to Robert (Daniel Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Rafe Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend. Time is regained in Harold Pinter's play, so the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.
- Pinter is said to have based the play on his own 7-year extramarital affair with a BBC presenter.
- The action of the play unfolds in reverse chronological order, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1977. However, scenes within the years 1977 and 1973 move forward.
- Mr. Craig and Ms. Weisz are married in real life. So were Daniel Massey and Penelope Wilton, who created the same roles in the original London production.
Betrayal originally premiered at London’s National Theatre in 1978 and won the 1979 Olivier Award for Best New Play. The play was produced on Broadway in 1980 and revived in 2000. Pinter wrote the screenplay for a 1983 feature film adaptation.
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