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Betrayal - Kristin Scott Thomas stars

Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IAN Rickson’s new production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles, opens at the Comedy Theatre on June 16, 2011 (previews from May 27).

I’ve always rather liked Jerry. To be honest, I’ve always liked him rather more than I’ve liked you. Maybe I should have had an affair with him myself.

Sometimes there can be three people in a marriage and Pinter’s play, which explores how our loves and losses echo and accumulate through time, exposes the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire over a period of nine years.

Kristin Scott Thomas last apeared on stage as Arkadina in Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of The Seagull (Royal Court Theatre) for which she won the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actress. It was a role she reprised the following year on Broadway. Her other theatre credits include Jonathan Kent’s production of As You Desire Me and Michael Blakemore’s production of Three Sisters both for the Playhouse Theatre in London.

Her extensive film credits include Sous Ton Emprise, Une Femme Parfaite, Nowhere Boy, Easy Virtue, The Other Boleyn Girl, Gosford Park, The Horse Whisperer, The English Patient, Mission Impossible, Angels and Insects, for which she won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a supporting role and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actress. She has just finished filming Bel Ami and Salmon Fishing in Yemen, both due for release later this year.

On television, she has appeared in Gulliver’s Travels, Belle Epoque, Body and Soul, Weep No More My Lady and The Secret Life of Ian Fleming.

Douglas Henshall‘s theatre credits include The Cryptogram (Donmar Warehouse), Death of a Salesman (Lyric Theatre), The Crucible (Sheffield Theatres), The Coast of Utopia (National Theatre), American Buffalo (Young Vic) and, most recently, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida Theatre).

Although best known on television as Primeval‘s Nick Cutter, he has also appeared in South Riding (as Joe Astell), The Silence (Jim), The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle (Conan Doyle), Lewis (Alex Gansa), Collision (D.I. John Tolin) and Psychos (Daniel Nash).

His numerous film credits include Dorian Gray, French Film, Flying Lessons, Dead Long Enough, Ripley Underground, It’s all About Love, The Lawless Heart, This Year’s Love, If Only, Fast Food, The Big Man and Angels and Insects in which he starred alongside Kristin Scott Thomas.

Last seen on stage playing the Duke in Michael Attenborough’s production of Measure for Measure (Almeida Theatre), Ben Miles‘ other theatre credits include Matthew Warchus’ multi award-winning production of The Norman Conquests (Old Vic and Broadway), My Child (Royal Court Theatre), Richard II (Old Vic), The Cherry Orchard, The London Cuckolds and Mary Stuart (National Theatre) and Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company).

His many screen credits include Coupling, Lark Rise to Candleford, Freezing, Sex, The City and Me, Cold Feet, Prime Suspect, Hustle, Sea of Souls and Trial and Retribution (TV); Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Affair of the Necklace and The Wings of a Dove (film).

Written by Harold Pinter in 1978, Betrayal received its world premiere at the National Theatre. Directed by Peter Hall and starring Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton, it went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 1983, the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film adaptation was directed by David Jones and starred Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.

Born in 1930 in East London, playwright, screen writer, director, political activist and actor Harold Pinter wrote thirty-two plays, twenty-two screenplays and directed thirty-six theatre productions. For his work, he received numerous awards, among them the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature. In October 2006, he performed Samuel Beckett’s monologue Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson.

Ian Rickson‘s most recent directing credits include The Children’s Hour, which continues at the Comedy Theatre until May 7, 2011, and the critically acclaimed production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance.

His other credits include Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song, as well as Krapp’s Last Tape, Fallout, The Weir and The Seagull (during his time as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre), and The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still (National Theatre).