After amassing awards for a sellout Coriolanus, then causing a buzz with an especially exclusive Hamlet, Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage to star in Harold Pinter's reversed romantic drama. 'Betrayal is a masterpiece,' he says of the role. 'Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he's asked me to be a part of it'.
Tom Hiddleston, Betrayal: London Theatre
Forty years since the play's triumphant premiere, director Jamie Lloyd leads a revival of Betrayal at the West End theatre named in Pinter's honour. The show is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the Pulitzer-winning playwright, and continues Lloyd's series of starry, sharply staged Pinter productions.
Hiddleston will be joined on stage by Zawe Ashton, who is a familar face from TV shows including Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Wanderlust (BBC), and worked with Jamie Lloyd in 2016's powerful production of Jean Genet's The Maids (Trafalgar Studios). The three-person play is completed by Charlie Cox, whose career spans the silver screen (Marvel franchise, Stardust, The Theory of Everything), West End (The Prince of Homburg, Donmar Warehouse) and Broadway (Nick Payne's Incognito).
Hailed 'the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter's plays' Betrayal brims with the writer's trademark emotional clout and poetic piquancy. Inspired by Pinter's own affair with playwright Joan Bakewell, it tells the story of a seven-year relationship. But this is no simple romantic drama; the story plays out in reverse chronological order, starting with an awkward encounter after a failed affair and ending with the beginning of the affair.
The titular betrayal echoes through the three-person play as it charts the story of Robert, his wife Emma and her lover Jerry. Pinter's typically economical dialogue is weighted with meaning as the power-play escalates and we move backwards through the highs and lows of the affair.
With Hiddleston bringing star power to the role of Robert, and Jamie Lloyd's superlative track record for making Pinter's masterpieces feel fresh, this production of Betrayal is a thrilling prospect. Book promptly to avoid disappointment.
|What||Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre|
|Where||Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
05 Mar 19 – 01 Jun 19, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|