Overview


Synopsis

The Lover is a quirky, tense, intriguing one-act by Harold Pinter that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, the couple enjoys a surprising and intriguing arrangement: every day, while Richard is at work, Sarah’s lover comes to the house. Richard, meanwhile, frequents a prostitute in the city. Yet, the two speak openly to one another of their extramarital affairs without jealousy, judgement, or anger. As we learn more about Sarah and Richard’s affairs, we see how a modern married couple has found an unconventional way to cope with extramarital temptation. Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act contains the laughs, tears, and tensions that arise from the social intricacies of modern life.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Featured

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
1 Act
First Produced
1963
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
summer, a detached house near windsor, england
Cast Size
Licensor
Ideal For
professional theatre, regional theatre, university / college theatre, community theatre, one act festival
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult characters

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