Shown in reverse chronological order, Betrayal at Progress Theatre explores and explodes the classic love triangle in Harold Pinter’s unconventional fashion, opening with the end of the seven-year-long affair between Emma and Jerry – lifelong friend of her husband Robert – and heading back to its roots. Inspired by Pinter’s real-life affair with Joan Bakewell, each character experiences their own version of betrayal.
Monday 12 – Saturday 17 June 2017, performances at 7.45pm
Jerry – Peter Cook
Emma – Emma Sterry
Robert – Paul Gallantry
Waiter – Mathieu Menard
Director – Adrian Tang
Producer – Steph Dewar
Lighting Designer – Jon Churchill
Sound Designer – Richard Saunders
Costume – Helen Wernham
Peter Cook is impeccable as the bleak-hearted Jerry, dispassionate and hollow, whilst Emma (Emma Sterry) reveals a touching vulnerability and pathos, which shine through her duplicity. Paul Gallantry, as the emotionally sadistic Robert, gives us a powerful performance; misogynistic, yet tender and funny.
It is a fascinating study of the workings of the frail human heart and the entire cast and crew are to be congratulated on a compelling and spellbinding production. We left the theatre pondering on possibilities. Don’t miss it!
(Photography by Aidan Moran)