2007: The Lover

The Lover

Following a successful run as part of their Pinter Double production at The White Bear in Kennington,  BedlamB took Harold Pinter’s The Lover on tour in Brighton and in Birmingham. A review of the Brighton Production appears below.


Brighton – March 2007

Author: Harold Pinter


Richard : Anthony Bull

Sarah : Kim Sanger White

John : Mike Stewart


Directed by: Mike Stewart

Lighting Design: Phil Emerson

Marlborough Theatre
4 Princes Street, Brighton, BN2 1RD

8th-10th March 2007


Birmingham – September 2007




The Old Joint Stock Theatre

4 Temple Row West
B2 5NY

6th-8th Sept 2007




Jeremy Malies – Plays International Magazine 

“A few miles along the coast, venues in  Brighton staged three Pinter productions of varying quality. The Sheffield Theatres version of The Caretaker at the Theatre Royal is almost bereft of ideas while, by contrast, Sir Peter Hall’s Old Times at the same venue is (unsurprisingly) close to flawless. A production of The Lover in the city’s smallest venue, The Marlborough, by London-based Bedlamb is also first-rate. It teems with directorial wit and explores every nuance of the text……..

When I walked into  Brighton’s tiny Marlborough Theatre for the Bedlamb Company’s production of Pinter’s The Lover, the background music was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “No Other Love Have I” which was soon followed by a Burt Bacharach number that includes the line “Wives should always be lovers too.”  There are no such directions from the playwright.
Game over. I knew immediately that there were fertile minds at work here and I was due for a treat. Bedlamb’s actor-director Mike Stewart may be only a few rungs up the ladder compared with Sir Peter Hall, but this treatment was always going to be out of the same drawer as Old Times. An outstanding cast and production team bring freshness and intelligence to Pinter’s two-hander about sex games in the suburbs.
The plot is simple: a middle class couple spice up their love life when the wife pretends to entertain a lover who is in fact her husband in disguise. Bedlamb take occasional inspired liberties but always with justification from the text. The initial exchanges between Richard (Anthony Bull) and Sarah (Kim Sanger White) are social comedy in which the actors are guilty of over-enunciating but they still hint at a sexual charge.
As soon as the author reveals his trump narrative card and the couple begin their role-playing, the production moves up a gear, the language is pared down and the action becomes erotic and absorbing. As Larkin reminded us, sexual intercourse probably did begin in 1963, the year of this made-for-television piece’s first broadcast. But through constant hints that the game could get out of hand at any moment, Mike Stewart ensures that the production is never a period piece and at no time do the sexual charades appear dated or tame, even 44 years on at a bohemian location.”