Tale of Betrayal told by real couples in King’s Lynn

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The work of award-winning playwright, Harold Pinter, will come to the Lynn stage on Thursday when a touring theatre company performs its adaptation at the Arts Centre.

Betrayal is the story of Robert, his wife Emma, and his best friend Jerry and their intertwining relationships over the course of nine years.

Unusually the story is told in reverse, beginning at the end and ending at the beginning. Often regarded as Pinter’s most accessible play, it is an incredible piece of writing that perfectly captures the suffocating tensions of the complicated relationships of the characters.

The show began its life in 1995 when Converse Theatre staged a successful production of the play, but the cast were in their mid-20s playing characters that were in their early 40s.

The company always hoped to stage the play later on when the cast were close to the right ages for their characters.

Now, 18 years later, director John Bowtell and the original cast are doing just that, with two real life couples making up part of the cast as they swap between characters creating up to four different versions.

John said: “The company have lived and breathed these characters for the last few months and during the initial run it was fascinating to see the subtle nuances in each performance as the cast switched roles.

“The challenge of touring brings new spaces and audiences into the mix and we very much believe the production will offer some unique and exciting theatrical potential during its short tour.

“We urge people to come and see this astonishing play and to stay behind for a few minutes to talk to cast and crew.”

Head to Lynn’s Arts Centre on Thursday for the production, tickets are on sale now through the box office on 01553 764864.