5 Mar 2019 to 1 Jun 2019
One of Harold Pinter’s best-known plays, Betrayal is set to return 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 will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March to 1st June 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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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.
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.