David Morrissey Stars in Double Bill of Harold Pinter Plays Beginning March 22 | Playbill

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Lindsay Posner directs Morrissey in The Lover and The Collection at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio.

David Morrissey and Lindsay Posner

David Morrissey (Hangmen, Julius Caesar) leads the cast of a double bill of plays by Harold Pinter at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio beginning March 22. The double bill of The Lover and The Collection will run through April 20.

Both plays explore the intricacies of love and relationships. The Lover is a one-act which debuted on the London stage in 1963 as part of a double bill with Pinter's The Dwarfs. In an exploration of private desires, the play features three characters: a wife, a husband, and a lover. But all of them are playing an unexpected role for the others.

The 1961 play The Collection follows two couples: Harry and Bill, and James and Stella. When Stella tells James she had a one-night affair, James becomes obsessed with meeting the man. Harry and Bill receive an unsettling and anonymous phone call, and soon James is presented with multiple versions of what happened, leaving the "truth" murkier than before. The Royal Shakespeare Company first presented the work in 1962 at London's Aldwych Theatre.

Director Lindsay Posner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, God of Carnage) will helm the productions. Morrissey will be joined onstage by Mathew Horne, Claudie Blakley, and Elliot Barnes-Worrell.

The productions will feature set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clarke, composition by Ed Lewis, associate direction by George Jibson, casting direction by Ginny Schiller CDG, and hair, wig, and makeup design by Carole Hancock.

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