Kristen Scott Thomas in Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre
Actress Starring Alongside Douglas Henshall and Ben Mile in Harold Pinter’s Major 1978 Work
Today it has been announced that when Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss step down from the stage as “The Children’s Hour” closes its doors another renowned English actress of the stage and screen – Kristen Scott Thomas - will be arriving in the next production. This takes the form of Harold Pinter’s well known 1978 play “Betrayal”, which is set to run at the Comedy Theatre from May 2011 and continues to August – extensions notwithstanding.
Kristen Scott Thomas is an acclaimed actress who has appeared in renowned movies and plays over the years, with her best known English language roles taking the forms of “The English Patient”, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Gosford Park”, with further appearances in French films like “Tell No One” and “I’ve Loved You So Long”. She was last seen in “The Seagull” at the Royal Court Theatre (which also appeared in New York), for which she earned the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2008, with prior London theatre credits that also include “Three Sisters” at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre.
Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” chronicles a love triangle over the course of nine years, but it stands out from the crowd by telling the story backwards, giving audiences a unique perspective over the events that have such a big effect on people’s lives. It was written in 1978 and many consider it to be amongst his finest pieces of work, which means that it has been staged on numerous occasions over the years, beginning with its premiere at The National Theatre in November 1978 with Michael Gambon and others.
More recently, the Donmar Warehouse brought the show to the stage, this time with a cast that included Toby Stephens, Dervla Kirwan and Samuel West, in 2007.
As well as Kristen Scott Thomas, the cast will also includes Douglas Henshall and Ben Mile, the latter having previously appeared in productions like “The Norman Conquests” at The Old Vic in 2008.
Betrayal will appear at the West End’s Comedy Theatre from Thursday 16th June 2011 (previews from Friday 27th May 2011) to Saturday 20th August 2011.