About the showThe ground-breaking Pinter at the Pinter season continues with a final instalment, the playwright’s masterpiece Betrayal. British superstar Tom Hiddleston stars alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox. The play runs from March 2019 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, extending The Jamie Lloyd Company specially curated season until June 2019. The news comes exactly 40 years after the premiere of Betrayal at London’s National Theatre.
Betrayal is the tale of a seven-year affair and all the heartache and complexity it entails. The play is notable for its reverse chronological plot, which begins in 1977 and, over the course of the action, rewinds to the story’s start in 1968. Pinter’s famous trademarks are all evident here, from the abundant humour to the spare dialogue concealing his characters’ buried emotions. This is one of the great playwright’s most moving works for the stage.
Tom Hiddleston plays the role of Robert in Betrayal. He is joined by Zawe Ashton as Emma and Charlie Cox who plays Jerry.
Hiddleston is no stranger to the London stage, having starred in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet among other plays. His myriad film credits include Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok. He enjoys an equally successful television career and is well-known for starring in the acclaimed The Night Manager. He has won many accolades, including a Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award. Zawe Ashton is perhaps best known for starring in hit comedy series Fresh Meat and Not Safe for Work. Charlie Cox has already performed one of Pinter's works at this same theatre: 2008's The Lover and The Collection. He has also starred in Marvel's Daredevil and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
The Jamie Lloyd Company has joined forces with Ambassador Theatre Group to mark the 10th anniversary of Harold Pinter’s death by way of a specially curated season. A long line-up of stellar talent is involved, including Danny Dyer, Lee Evans, Meera Syal, David Suchet, and Penelope Wilton.
Betrayal is set to be a glorious finale to a once-in-a-lifetime season of plays. It runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 to 1 June 2019 with a press night on 13 March 2019.
Who Should See It?Those who enjoyed Tom Hiddleston in TV series The Night Manager or in Hamlet on stage won't want to miss the actor in this very different but equally compelling role.