Dramatic play written by Pinter comes to the stage

Rehearsals for a previous show staged by Market Harborough Drama Society
Rehearsals for a previous show staged by Market Harborough Drama Society

One of the most controversial works written by Harold Pinter is being staged by Market Harborough Drama Society.

Betrayal runs from Tuesday, April 12, to Saturday, April 16, at Harborough Theatre.

The playwright takes one of the most familiar of dramatic situations – an adulterous love affair – and uses it to explore the effects of betrayal on the spouses, the lovers, their family and friends.

Emma and Robert’s marriage appears from the outside to be a relatively happy one and Jerry is Robert’s closest friend, indeed he was the best man at his wedding.

Pinter provides no excuses or explanations for his characters’ actions beyond their own desires.

Real life proved the inspiration for the playwright as he wrote about his seven-year affair with television presenter and journalist Joan Bakewell while they were both married to other people.

The affair was even known in some circles when the play first premiered in 1978 starring Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton.

However, it was only confirmed officially when Joan Bakewell published her memoir in 2003.

There are still two further plays to be staged by Market Harborough Drama Society as part of their 2015/2016 season.

Not content with taking on one of the country’s best known playwrights, the society will stage Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van in May.

The play has been recently adapted into a film of the same name starring Dame Maggie Smith.

The final show of the season will be packed full of comedy when they stage The 39 Steps.

Based on the John Buchan novel and the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, this is a comedic take on the spy. It can be seen in July.

Tickets for both of these shows will be on sale later in the year.

However, more immediately, tickets for Betrayal are on sale now.

They cost between £8 and £10.

Some performances are already sold out so people are urged to book tickets as soon as possible.

To book visit www.harboroughtheatre.com or buy them from the theatre on Tuesday and Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am.