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Emma is caught in a love triangle between her husband Robert and her lover Jerry - who is also her husband’s best friend. But who is betraying who? Cal Macaninch stars in this Pinter classic. Watch trailer.

Deception is a two-way street.

In this Olivier award-winning play the complex web of lies and deceit that are spun over a 7 year extra-marital affair not only expose the damage inflicted by desire, but the devious workings of the human heart.

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With Artistic Director
Dominic Hill

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Thu 15 March, 5.30pm
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Find out about the two Betrayal workshops on offer for secondary students.
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Pinter’s semi-autobiographical and moving play about an affair. Starring Cal Macaninch.

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 1 rating

Previews 2-3 Mar
Audio Described 14 Mar, 7.30pm
Signed 14 Mar, 7.30pm
Captioned 23 Mar, 7.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

From 8-10 March you can watch Limbo in the Circle Studio before Betrayal (6.30-7.15pm max). £5 or £3 with a ticket to Betrayal.


Cast & Creative Team >

Directed by Dominic Hill
Designed by Colin Richmond
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Music by Dan Jones

Cal Macaninch
Neve McIntosh
Hywel Simons
Barrie Hunter


“a distinguishing quality of Dominic Hill’s revival of this back-to-front love story is his mastery of every beat of the script and, yes, every Pinter pause. What he brings, in his inaugural production as artistic director at the Citz, is such steely precision that each moment really counts.”
The Guardian

“an unflinching vision of the emotional inarticulacy of the British upper-middle class…All three are terrific…this Betrayal is tough, intense and rings true.”
The Guardian

“classy and resonant…it may only have three characters (plus Barrie Hunter’s humorous Italian waiter), but my goodness does it have the power to fill a large auditorium.”
The Telegraph

“The raw energy, captivating, sparse poetry and clever comedy of this semi-autobiographical piece are undeniable. I have never seen them given such a consistent and atmospheric expression as Hill gives them here.”
The Telegraph

”It is, in both aesthetic and technical terms, truly exquisite.”
The Telegraph

”It is from the first moment to the last, a beautiful, taut and enthralling Pinter, and as close to a perfect start to Hill’s leadership as one could wish for.”
The Telegraph

“Distressing, caustic and superbly realised, this Betrayal is a menacing celebration of The Citizen’s new direction.”
The Stage

“TENSE, thought-provoking and beautiful, Dominic Hill’s production of this Pinter classic offers a profound sense of a world in which all the old bedrocks of social custom and certainty are shifting.”
The Scotsman

“Dominic Hill’s production is more elegant than showy, and makes no claim to offer huge insights into the story’s 1970s setting, or its exquisitely-crafted structure. Its focus is on the language, on the economy of the everyday conversations through which this classic story emerges, and the brief, lethal pauses that punctuate them.”
The Scotsman

“three perfect, beautifully-pitched performances from Neve McIntosh as Emma, Cal MacAninch as Robert, and Hywel Simons as Jerry.”
The Scotsman

“as immaculate as it is thought-provoking, and often downright beautiful. ”
The Scotsman

“the real pleasure, in a production which oozes class all the way from the measured but inexorable revolution of the set between scenes to the men’s brown suede brothel creepers, is how well the actors understand the weight of Pinter’s dialogue.”
The Times


Sam Donaghey

23rd March 2012

This was a brilliant production of a fantastically written play. The acting was spot on, the direction was spot and the set design was spot on. If this had run for longer I would definitely see this again, and again.

vickram singh

2nd February 2012

neve mcintosh is so cute

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