Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston to star in Betrayal by Harold Pinter in the West End

Will Longman
Will Longman

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 of the other Pinter at the Pinter productions with, you will have priority booking for Betrayal from 29th November at 9am. Instructions will be sent to you via email.  

Betrayal centres on two married couples - Emma and Robert, and Jerry and Judith - and an affair between two of the characters. The play is unique in its structure, which begins after the affair has ended, and runs in reverse chronology.

Harold Pinter has said before that it is the one play that "most closely resembles" his own life. 

Hiddleston is known to be a Pinter fan, and was recently seen at a gala performance for Pinter at the Pinter in London. Last year, he played the leading role in Kenneth Branagh's production of Hamlet, which ran at RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.

On the announcement of the production, he said: "Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he's asked me to be part of it."

His other stage credits include Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse, Kingdom of the Earth at the Criterion Theatre, and The Children's Monologues at the Old Vic Theatre.

Betrayal will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, and the production will follow his celebration of Pinter's shorter works at the theatre.

Further casting for the production is yet to be announced.

The play was first produced at the National Theatre in 1978, where Peter Hall's production starred Penelope Wilton, Michael Gambon and Daniel Massey. One of the more recent producitons was at the Comedy Theatre (later renamed the Harold Pinter Theatre) starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall, and Ben Miles. 

Betrayal is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5th March to 3rd June 2019.

Betrayal tickets go on sale here on 30th November.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (flickr)

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