Director Jamie Lloyd has just finished a six-month season featuring seven rotating bills of all Harold Pinter's short plays, which proved to be a thrilling and frequently alarming journey into some of the playwright's lesser-known works. Now, Lloyd follows it with a blisteringly brilliant production of one of Pinter's best-known (but still brief) and most powerful and personal plays, Betrayal, originally premiered at the National in 1978.I missed that first production as I was only 15 at the...
One of Harold Pinter's best-known plays, Betrayal returns to the West End starring Tom Hiddleston at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The plot of the play covers the seven-year extramarital affair between two characters, Emma and Jerry, who would meet in secret at a flat. Pinter has said before that Betrayal is the one play of his that most resembles his own life.
Tom Hiddleston is known for playing Loki in Marvel films such as Thor, The Avengers, and Infinity War, as well as starring in the BBC television series The Night Manager. In the early stages of his career, he won an Olivier Award for best newcomer in a play when he played Cassius in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. His other stage credits include The Children's Monologues at the Old Vic, the titular role in Coriolanus at the Donmar, as well as a production of Hamlet at RADA in 2017 directed by Kenneth Branagh, for with tickets were allocated by ballot.
Betrayal ran at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 8th June 2019, after its official opening night performance on 13th March 2019.
The play is unique due to its reverse chronology; Betrayal begins two years after the affair has ended, and the piece ends before the affair has begun. This was innovative storytelling at the time by a playwright who was becoming an icon within British theatre.
Betrayal was first produced at the National Theatre in 1978, directed by Peter Hall and starring Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon and Daniel Massey. It has also been seen at the Almeida Theatre in 1991, with a cast including Bill Nighy, Martin Shaw and Cheryl Campbell directed by Trevor Nunn.
The play was last seen in the West End at the Comedy Theatre (later renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre in the playwright's honour) in 2011, where Ian Rickson's production starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.
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By: Harold Pinter
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Cast list: Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox
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Jamie Lloyd's production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Tom Hiddleston, is set to extend its West End run due to demand.Running at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and forming the final part of Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season, the play was scheduled to run until 1st June.Having held its opening night on 22nd March to rave reviews, including five stars from Mark Shenton on LondonTheatre.co.uk, the production will now run in London until 8th June, with tickets on sale here on Monday 25th...
Images have been released for Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston, currently playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre.Betrayal follows Emma and Jerry during their seven-year extramarital affair, with the play told in reverse chronology. Told over nine scenes, audiences meet the pair as well as their marital partners in a play covering love, relationships and commitment.Hiddleston plays Robert in Betrayal, joined by Zawe Ashton as Emma and Charlie Cox as Jerry.Written by Harold Pinter, Betrayal was...
Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox are set to join Tom Hiddleston in the upcoming West End revival of Betrayal, Harold Pinter's play set to be performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre later this year.From 5th March, Pinter's play about two couples entwined in a story of infidelity will run in the West End directed by Jamie Lloyd, and following the conclusion of his huge Pinter at the Pinter season which saw all of the playwright's one-act pieces performed.As previously announced, Hiddleston plays Robert...
Betrayal marks the finale of a grand season of theatre at the Harold Pinter Theatre, celebrating the legendary British playwright Harold Pinter. Starring one of Britain's most well-known actors Tom Hiddleston, ticket demand for Betrayal is likely to be high. Playing for a 12-week run, make sure you know how to get your tickets and be ahead of the crowd by securing your tickets for Betrayal before the limited engagement sells out. Tickets are now on sale for Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston at...
Tom Hiddleston is set to star in Harold Pinter's play Betrayal in London's West End next year.Hiddleston, known for his roles as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the BBC series The Night Manager, will star in the play which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre following Jamie Lloyd's seasons of the playwright's one-act plays.Betrayal will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March to 3rd June 2019, with tickets on sale from 30th November. If you have booked tickets for any...