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Lindsay Posner is directing The Lover and The Collection at Theatre Royal Bath, with performances starting in March.

David Morrissey and Lindsay Posner

Theatre Royal Bath's upcoming double bill of Harold Pinter plays The Lover and The Collection has found its full cast, joining the previously announced David Morrissey. Performances begin March 22 at the U.K. company's Ustinov Studio, with opening night set for March 28. The run will continue through April 20, with Lindsay Posner directing.

Newly joining the company are Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), Claudie Blakley (Father Brown), and Elliot Barnes-Worrell (The Killing Kind). Casting is by Ginny Shiller.

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.

1961's 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.

The productions will include scenic and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clarke, and music by Ed Lewis.

Visit TheatreRoyal.org.uk.

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