Harold Pinter Theatre
Starring: Tom Hiddleston
Booking from: Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Booking until: Saturday, 1 June 2019
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Saturday, 1 June 2019
Betrayal – Starring Tom Hiddleston
If you haven't caught any of the Pinter masterpieces being shown at the Harold Pinter theatre in the legendary Pinter at the Pinter season, now's the time to make amends. This time around it's Betrayal, one of the playwright's best-loved pieces, and it's due to thrill audiences in the West End from early March 2019. If you're in the mood for a genuine theatre classic, walk this way.
The play stars the exceptionally talented Golden Globe and Olivier Award winning actor Tom Hiddleston, who lights up the Jamie Lloyd Company’s revival. It's on for a strictly limited 12 week season, so secure tickets while you can.
Betrayal is a 1978 Pinter play regarded by critics as one of the British playwright's very best dramatic works. You'll love the typical Pinteresque dialogue, a brilliant exercise in economy. The characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations are mercilessly revealed. Their self-absorbed one-upmanship is highlighted. Their face-saving is cruelly shown for what it is, along with their remarkable skill for self-deception. And as you'd expect the overall impression is one of a wickedly clever intellect at work, typically, wonderfully Pinter from start to finish.
The play is actually inspired by Pinter's long extra-marital affair with BBC TV presenter Joan Bakewell, which lasted for seven years between 1962 to 1969. And the plot details all the different ways that betrayal can take place within a seven year-long affair between married people.
The plot concerns two couples - Emma and Robert, Jerry and Judith. Jerry and Emma have been carrying on a love affair for five years and Robert doesn't know a thing about it... or so they believe. They're cuckolding Robert and betraying Judith. Emma admits the affair to Robert, but carries it on anyway. There follows a comedy of relationship errors that takes you backwards in time to unfold the affair in reverse. Scene one covers the period after the affair is over, 1977, and the last scene ends when the affair begins, in 1968.
It's poetically precise. It's richly funny. It delivers an extraordinary emotional tour de force. This seven year romance delivers what The Telegraph calls “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays”. And it marks the culmination of the Jamie Lloyd Company’s ground-breaking Pinter at the Pinter season.
Tom Hiddleston is known and loved for his role of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also made a massive impact in BBC TV's series The Night Manager. The rest of the cast are to be announced. A great play, a great venue, an astonishing experience... don't miss it!
Who is this show for?
Being a richly intelligent comedy of sexual manners, this show isn't recommended for children.
'Kristin Scott Thomas is captivating' Sunday Times
'A haunting performance in a terrific revival.' The Independent
'MAGNIFICENT. the finest production I have seen of Pinter's masterpiece' The Daily Telegraph
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Harold Pinter Theatre
6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Wheelchair/scooter access
- Capacity: 796
- Year built: 1881