Opening title ITV, 1963
|Written by||Harold Pinter|
|Date premiered||28 March 1963|
As with the drama of Anton Chekhov, some of Pinter's plays support "serious" and "comic" interpretations; The Lover has been staged successfully both as an ironic comedy on the one hand and as a nervy drama on the other. As is often the case with Pinter, the play probably contains both.
Pinter leads the audience to believe that there are three characters in the play: the wife, the husband and the lover. But the lover who comes to call in the afternoons is revealed to be the husband adopting a role. He plays the lover for her: she plays the whore for him. As the play goes on the man (first as the lover and then as the husband) expresses a wish to stop the pretend adultery, to the dismay of the woman. Finally, the husband suddenly switches back to the role of the lover.
Original London stage production
- Richard - Scott Forbes
- Sarah - Vivien Merchant
- John - Michael Forrest
- Critical reception
- Billington, Michael (30 January 2008). "Theatre review: The Lover/The Collection / Comedy Theatre, London" – via www.theguardian.com.
- "THE LOVER by Harold Pinter". www.englishtheatre.de.
- Raby, Peter (20 September 2001). The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521658423 – via Google Books.
- Richards, Lee-Ann. "A moment's pause for Pinter's black comedy double bill". Romford Recorder.
- Burkman, Katherine H. (21 October 1971). The Dramatic World of Harold Pinter: Its Basis in Ritual. Ohio State University Press. ISBN 9780814201466 – via Google Books.
- "BFI Screenonline: Lover, The (1963)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- "The Lover and The Collection by Harold Pinter on stage in London - theatre tickets and show information". www.thisistheatre.com.
- "www.haroldpinter.org - Plays". www.haroldpinter.org.
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