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Casting announced for award-winning Pinter play Betrayal

Betrayal Cast
06 July 2017

Casting has been announced for Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Harold Pinter’s award-winning play Betrayal, which opens the Autumn Winter season running from 7 September.

Kirsty Besterman (Separate Tables and Dangerous Corner, Salisbury Playhouse, Father Brown and Silent Witness, BBC) will play Emma, while Robert Hands (Committee, Donmar Warehouse, The Lesson feature film) plays her husband Robert. Robert Mountford (House & Garden, Watermill Theatre and Silent Witness, BBC) plays Jerry. Donavan Imber (The Wayfarer New Writing Showcase, The Criterion) will play the waiter.

Jerry is a literary agent; Emma runs an art gallery; Robert is a publisher. Emma and Robert are married and Jerry is Robert’s best friend, but Emma and Jerry have had a seven-year affair and Robert has secrets of his own.

Betrayal was first staged at the National Theatre in 1978 and won an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1979. It is based on Pinter’s affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell – although Pinter denied it was biographical at the time of writing it. Bakewell later wrote her own response to Betrayal, a play called Keeping in Touch. Both plays were broadcast on Radio 4 in April 2017.

Betrayal is directed by Salisbury Playhouse Associate Director Jo Newman (This Land) and designed by Hannah Wolfe (Government Inspector, Peer Gynt both for Stage 65 at Salisbury Playhouse). Sound design is by Helen Skiera (Echo’s End at Salisbury Playhouse, House and Garden, Watermill Theatre).

Betrayal runs in the Main House from Thursday 7 to Saturday 23 September. For more information or tickets contact Ticket Sales on 01722 320333.


For press enquiries please contact Lucy Rouse, PR & Communications Officer (maternity cover), on 01722 345153 or press@salisburyplayhouse.com.

Notes to Editors:

Salisbury Playhouse is an arts and educational charity and one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.

Interviews are available with the cast and creative team. Please contact Lucy Rouse to arrange.