No wonder then that “Betrayal” — inspired by a Pinter affair — would attract Nichols, who married TV journalist Diane Sawyer in 1988 after three divorces. Nichols was discussing reviving “Betrayal” before he scored a triumph with last year’s revival of “Death of a Salesman.”
Nichols and Pinter were friends and worked together — Nichols directed Pinter in “Wit” as Emma Thompson’s father, and wrote a scene in Pinter’s adaptation of “The Last Tycoon” — but this marks the first time he’ll direct something by the playwright.
Does he feel pressure from his old friend’s ghost? “I feel free. I don’t hear him say, ‘No! You’re not supposed to do that. Do this!’ He’s cool,” Nichols says. “I’m not worried what he’ll think. I’m happy.”