A symposium about Harold Pinter and his work

A symposium about Harold Pinter and his work

Derby Theatre Upper Foyer

Thursday 23 March, 5.30pm – 7pm

FREE of charge 


As part of Derby Theatre’s Unwrapped programme, a free scheme which enables audiences to gain a more in-depth look into the theatre-making process, the Theatre will host Pinter Unwrapped, a symposium to discuss the works of Harold Pinter, on Thursday 23 March from 5.30pm until 7pm.  

Pinter Unwrapped links to, and complements, the Derby Theatre production of Betrayal, on from Friday 17 March until Saturday 1 April, and will be chaired by journalist, broadcaster and author, Mark Lawson. Joining Mark, as panel members, will be Kate Bassett, Literary Associate at Chichester Festival Theatre; Lekan Lawal, Director of Betrayal at Derby Theatre and James Hudson, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln. 

Harold Pinter was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and, of course, Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen.  For Pinter Unwrapped, we explore, not only the man and his work, but also this unique Derby Theatre production under Lekan Lawal’s direction. 

For Director, Lekan, Betrayal is the culmination of an 18-month placement at Derby Theatre, which has enabled him to add to his stage skills and which has prepared him for his main house debut at the venue.  Lekan originally trained as an actor, but has been Resident Assistant Director at Derby Theatre as part of the RTYDS Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.   
A dark comedy by Harold Pinter, Betrayal charts an intricate web of deceit as we move backwards through seven years unpicking the consequences of an extramarital affair.  When Pinter’s Betrayal was first produced at the National Theatre in 1978, the overall critical consensus was that the play was not representative of his best efforts.  

Pinter Unwrapped is FREE, but places still need to be reserved by either calling the Box Office on 01332 593939 or booking online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk. This event is expected to be very popular, so early booking is strongly advised.  

Betrayal runs at Derby Theatre from Friday 17 March until Saturday 1 April. More details about the production, and other Theatre Unwrapped sessions, can be found on the Derby Theatre website. 

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