Closed 1h 30m
Betrayal
Midtown W
79

Betrayal NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(439 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
12%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

About the Show

Harold Pinter's classic play, which tells the story of an extra-marital affair in reverse order, comes to Broadway starring Tom Hiddleston ('The Avengers'), Zawe Ashton ('Velvet Buzzsaw'), and Charlie Cox ('Daredevil').

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60
Overrated, Outdated, Disappointing, Spare, Slow

See it if you love Pinter revivals. It's stylishly barebones. Belongs in a sm setting. Acting is fine. It's slow/long. Horrible story abt selfish peo.

Don't see it if you don't care abt spoiled rich people. No one is likable. Love seems to only be lust. Action drags!Cut line abt "itch" to "bash" wife. Ugh!

89
Stylish, Absorbing, Great acting, Spartan, Intelligent

See it if u want to see an elegant, brooding, sparsely-staged, expertly-acted, emotionally complex Pinter drama about truth & deception & infidelity.

Don't see it if u prefer ur love-triangle dramas full of mushy sentiment & histrionics (or superhero excessiveness) vs Pinteresque stiff-upper-lip stoicism.

Critic Reviews (35)

September 5th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’: Mr. Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox portray three friends in flux in Jamie Lloyd’s revelatory interpretation of a Harold Pinter classic."
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September 5th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Pinter's bone-dry, stiff-lipped tale of infidelity relies upon the audience's faith: It effectively asks that we take its word that these characters are interesting, and invest in them accordingly. But what if we don't? What if these three people...what if they merely bore us?"
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September 5th, 2019

"A High-Powered New 'Betrayal'"
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September 5th, 2019

"Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox play the three points of Harold Pinter's adulterous triangle in Jamie Lloyd's superb production from London."
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September 5th, 2019

B+ "Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton command a smart, stripped down 'Betrayal'"
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September 5th, 2019

"The impeccable London revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” with Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton, transfers to Broadway."
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September 5th, 2019

"Pinter Without Pauses: The latest Broadway production of the play is drawing sellout crowds thanks to its star power—but not because of any dramatic excitement."
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September 17th, 2019

"Stylish, earnest, but off-the-mark... Director Jamie Lloyd and the cast decided to drag Pinter's subtext out of the shadows and plop it center stage...It's the fanciest acting class in the world, getting Pinter wrong."
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September 5th, 2019

"Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox & Zawe Ashton In Pinter’s Affair To Remember"
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September 5th, 2019

3/4 Stars. "A sexy Tom Hiddleston leads Broadway’s ‘Betrayal’"
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September 5th, 2019

"Tom Hiddleston is perfectly cast in riveting revival of Harold Pinter’s 'Betrayal' on Broadway"
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September 5th, 2019

3.5/4 Stars "Jamie Lloyd, cast triumph with superb Harold Pinter revival on Broadway"
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September 5th, 2019

"'Betrayal' is an engrossingly intimate portrait of spouses and friends in the throes of adultery. By play's end, it's poignantly clear that the three characters will have to pay a steep price for their dishonesty. What could so easily come off like soap opera in lesser hands rises in this production to the level of modern tragedy."
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September 5th, 2019

"Broadway Continues Its Love Affair With 'Betrayal' — I Try to Understand It"
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September 6th, 2019

"Director Jamie Lloyd's Subtle Way With Harold Pinter's 'BETRAYAL' Makes For Riveting Storytelling: Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox bring their tightly wound London performances to Broadway"
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September 12th, 2019

"Jamie Lloyd's staging lays bare the play's elegant bones, the tightly knotted network of lies and evasions in which its characters are so unhappily entangled. As Lloyd and his excellent trio of actors make devastatingly clear, the use of the singular in the title is an understatement; this is a drama rife with betrayals…"
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September 5th, 2019

"Memories? Dreams? Sessions with a psychotherapist? There are many ways to parse the latest Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's oft-revived and endlessly fascinating 1978 play 'Betrayal,' opening tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in a brilliantly choreographed production."
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September 5th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Pinter's Web of Deception Returns to Broadway, Incisively: Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton star in Jamie Lloyd's London transfer"
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September 5th, 2019

5/5 Stars "Less Is More in This London-Born Revival: Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox make a beguiling love triangle in Harold Pinter's backward-spinning drama"
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September 5th, 2019

"To Lloyd’s credit, and that of this spectacular cast, we never lose sight of the ways in which these three lives are ineradicably interwoven, giving more power to the emptiness and emotional wreckage their actions have wrought – despite their best attempts to be so very British about it all."
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September 11th, 2019

"After the misfires of previous productions, someone finally gets this play right."
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September 5th, 2019

"A love triangle turns inward in ‘Betrayal’"
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September 26th, 2019

"Hiddleston as Robert far surpasses his most famous reputation as Loki in both Thor and The Avengers, giving a nuanced and ever-changing performance, and Cox as Jerry also finds subtleties that elude most actors, as their characters undergo constant changes."
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September 9th, 2019

"While 'Betrayal' thrives on Pinter's extraordinary writing and minimalist storytelling, this production exceeds those boundaries...Cox and Hiddleston are magnificent...[as is] Ashton's stunning performance as Emma, who seems to waver between strength and the verge of breakdown."
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September 5th, 2019

"Jamie Lloyd directs a compelling, minimalist take on Pinter's play with impressive Broadway debuts by Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox, and Tom Hiddleston."
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September 13th, 2019

"A triangle built with a ballet-like precision within a circle against a long rectangular wall. This is the essence of this masterful revival. They are poised for interaction from that first visual, one by one, in pairs (for the most part), as directed with tight thoughtfulness by the gifted Jamie Lloyd."
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September 5th, 2019

"I'd be content to see the play once a decade, and I saw the last Broadway revival just six years ago..The latest…restores the British reserve. It's nearly an understatement to call the production minimalist…The cast is perfectly appealing. But their delivery is… slowly paced and at an odd remove."
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September 6th, 2019

"Director Jamie Lloyd's stunning Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's 1978 infidelity play moves like lava, captivating and consuming its audience with blistering sexual tension."
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September 5th, 2019

"Furthermore, how Robert manages to maintain some form of his long friendship with Jerry after he discovers the affair might also mystify some audiences. Credit for that definitely goes to Cox, in the evening's best performance, who gives Jerry a bit of a lost puppy-dog quality that goes a long way to making Robert's actions believable."
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September 5th, 2019

"The brilliance of the acting…in Jamie Lloyd's unconventionally minimalist…staging only serves to emphasize the play's technical glitter over its emotional heartbeat…Hiddleston…is in his element…in digging into Pinter's pregnant pauses, elliptical sentences, and subtextual currents."
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March 28th, 2019
For a previous production

"A Pinter Marathon Saves the Best for Last."
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March 14th, 2019
For a previous production

"Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox are the men fighting over Zawe Ashton in the London revival of Harold Pinter's consummately structured love triangle."
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March 14th, 2019
For a previous production

"Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’ A love triangle twists and turns inside out in director Jamie Lloyd’s revelatory Pinter revival, starring Tom Hiddleston."
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March 13th, 2019
For a previous production

★★★★★ "The star power certainly works, but it's just one aspect of the brilliance of this last instalment. Lloyd's direction, combined with the depths of the intricacies of the text, is enough to make the show a well-rounded success of its own."
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March 13th, 2019
For a previous production

★★★★★ "Jamie Lloyd’s Tom Hiddleston-starring production of Pinter’s masterpiece is haunting and profound."
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