PINTER, Harold. Betrayal.

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PINTER, Harold Betrayal. London: Eyre Methuen, 1978.

8vo., original black publisher's boards, lettered in silver to spine; in the original unclipped dust wrapper (£3.50 net); pp. [xi], 12-138, [vi]; essentially a fine copy.
First edition, boldly inscribed by Pinter to the title page: "To Bruce Ritchie, Best Wishes, Harold Pinter". Ritchie was a Scottish schoolteacher and bibliophile, who over the course of his book-collecting life befriended many of the front rank writers whose signatures he sought.
Betrayal was first performed on 15th November 1978 at the National Theatre, and it has since become known as one of the playwright's major dramatic works. Originally directed by Peter Hal, it starred Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon and Daniel Massey in a love triangle, explores the themes of marital infidelity, duplicity, and self-deception.
A recent 2019 production at the Harold Pinter theatre starred Tom Hiddleston in the lead role.