TheatersLimassol"The Lover" by Harold Pinter at Rialto on December 23

“The Lover” by Harold Pinter at Rialto on December 23

One of the best-known plays written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.

​A seemingly happily married couple, Richard and Sarah, live in a house in the countryside. The husband leaves home early for work, whereas the wife spends every afternoon with her lover.

​Employing a simple, everyday yet sharp language, Pinter places his characters in a psychological and mental game where roles are alternating, where the line between the real and the imaginary is blurry, where marriage and social conventions are being negated, and the protagonists lay themselves bare in front of the audience.

The Lover is a 1962 one-act play by Harold Pinter, originally written for television, but subsequently performed on stage. The play contrasts bourgeois domesticity with sexual yearning.

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.[3][4] 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.
Directed by: Maria Kyriakou

Translated by: Constantina Ioannidou

Set and Costume Design: Constantina Andreou

Music: Panos Bartzis

Lighting Design: Vasilis Petinaris

Assistant Director: Thekla Flouri

On stage: Stelios Andronikou and Maria Philippou

Poster Design: Yiorgos Sisamos

Photographer: Vasilis Doritis

Production: Side Effect

When Thursday, December 23 at 8.30pm
Where Rialto Theatre, Limassol
Info 77 777745
Tickets: €15/12

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