Ends Dec 08 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Betrayal

From 360 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, 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'). More…

From the show:

Betrayal, the sold-out London hit starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox comes to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement.

Direct from a standing-room-only hit run in London, Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) in their Broadway debuts, this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors.


Member Reviews (360)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Great staging
79
Avg Score

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Overrated, Outdated, Disappointing, Spare, Slow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!

82
Great writing, Intense, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Pinter's mid-career masterwork rendered in a heightened if somewhat muted mode Extremely well acted though Ashton's Emma is a little brittle

Don't see it if Despite the production's total domination by directorial concept - slow stage revolves, no set, muted gray tonal lighting, it's first rate

87
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if fan of Pinter and this play, have never seen this play before, fan of Hiddleston and Cox, dazzling direction, stunning performances

Don't see it if not a fan of Pinter or this play, upset by mild audience adoration of stars, uncomfortable with adultery, secrets & plot told in reverse

87
Beautifully acted play about the insidious nature of extramarital affairs; even not top shelf pinter is better than most plays on/off broadway

See it if Pinter is lapidarian in constructing dialog; precisely constructed world that is incestuous & filled w secrets & 2x dealing; expertly acted

Don't see it if good but not Pinter's best; not dramatic, essentially displays class of arts-related people who use adultery to relieve their boredom

Also Acting Pinter requires mastery of dialogue, posture and most of all th... Read more Read less

72
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if your a fan of this cast, including Tom Hiddleston, or you like dramas about complicated relationships.

Don't see it if you need a pick-me-up or like something quickly paced and with lots of action. This is a slow, quiet show with minimal movement.

91
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy well-written plays where every word is important and the actors deliver every syllable and expression perfectly in great staging.

Don't see it if you want these actors to be what you have seen in recent movies - here it is not about the actions but listening to the action they describe

95
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Probably the best production of "betrayal" that you will see

See it if you have never seen a production of "Betrayal". This version lets you focus on the play itself. Great acting from the 3 performers.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Pinter or plays that move backwards in time.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You missed the last production, and love romantic triangles and Pinter plays. I preferred the Clive Owen/Kelly Reilly version.

Don't see it if You have trouble with low voices speaking in English accents. Cannot tolerate slow moving plays or moments of thoughtful silence.

84
Beautifully acted, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like Pinter; want to see a well acted & produced story of betrayal laid bare in a naked, well-lit room with no place to hide; intense.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Pinter, sparse staging, one on one conversation; don't like a backward kind of linear storytelling; you prefer action.

Also Highly recommended.

93
Terrific performances. terrific pinter.

See it if You appreciate Pinter and good theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate Pinter.

85
Minimalist, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are a Pinter fan;willing to pay close attention; terrific acting by all 3 performers; clever dialogue; great lighting.

Don't see it if you don't like a leisurely paced, thoughtful examination of multiple betrayals; non linear plot; minimal staging.

Also Each character is guilty of betrayals, be it withholding information o... Read more Read less

80
Classic pinter, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Passion viewed through cool detachment, betrayal in every relationship, triangle based on playwright’s life. Chilling yet affecting.

Don't see it if Story is clear from curtain rise & its history is slowly dealt out. Quiet, slow delivery can either keep you enthralled or allow distraction

86
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if story of 7-year extra-marital affair with spouse's best friend told in reverse order - play ends with initial flirtation; secrets & lies

Don't see it if don't like sparse set or having all the main characters staying on stage in background even when when they are not in the scene

Also For the most part, I didn't particularly find the characters empatheti... Read more Read less

79
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like Pinter and terrific acting. Must listen, pay attention, and watch. Ideas, relationships, trust,changing desires, lots happening.

Don't see it if you want a chronological play; this is not. if you want great set; this has none; if you want a plot and story; this has but thin.

75
Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Passionless

See it if you have never seen it or want to familiarize yourself with Pinter. Past productions have been more satisfying for me, but this is timely.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate the dry British approach to drama, which is brought to new heights here.

Also Some things only work in Noel Coward plays--a passionless, flippant re... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a beautifully acted and tender performance of this play. Minimal staging but beautiful lighting that enhanced the mood.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays where you need to pay close attention to each word, each reaction, and each movement.

Also A master class by all three actors.

83
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy intense dramas, great acting, don't mind a story that moves backwards, and don't mind a minimalist and quirky interpretation.

Don't see it if you prefer linear, choronological shows or you are looking for something light and fluffy

76
Slow, Great acting

See it if Slow emerging adult play on betrayal of love, relationships, and friendships. Want to see Loki / Dare Devil.

Don't see it if Less relatable if you're not in long term relationship / temptation to stray. Memory plays aren't your thing.

Also Diversity: Black female lead.... Read more Read less

80
Relationship complications, Pacing a bit too slow, Intense and creative design, Great casting and fine acting, Pregnant pinter pauses

See it if You like shows that highlight fine ensemble acting. Are a fan of Pinter. Have patience and a sensitive ear.

Don't see it if You are wanting splashy staging, set, and costumes. Dialogue driven dramas bore you. Struggle with shows that bounce around in time order.

77
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well done production of Betrayal.

Don't see it if you want a good audience, since the actors are so famous, there are a lot of people there only for that.

80
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Pinter’s classic exploration of a marital affair told backwards in time is given spare unadorned treatment exposing emotions in sharp relief

Don't see it if It can be confusing because it moves backwards and can be slow as actors are always on stage but it is also a master class in acting

87
Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see this Pinter play at its best with great acting and directing. Sparse, but effective staging.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Pinter's plays & prefer to leave the theater smiling.

88
Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Complex, Quiet

See it if a story told quietly with great simplicity and pathos --but fully, emerges like a butterfly from a cocoon

Don't see it if not sure if this is a good date play-- betrayal not a happy topic, but ultimately this is very romantic in a complex way

Also The minimalist sets are totally brilliant, and the acting is excellent... Read more Read less

86
Great writing, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Pinter. That is the main thing. But also to see strong performances and a stark, stripped down version. I thought it worked.

Don't see it if you don't like Pinter's style or relationship/psychological dramas or the idea of a show's action starting from the end and going backwards

53
Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if you're a Pinter completist or you're a heterosexual who still thinks an affair is shocking or salacious in 2019.

Don't see it if you want to see something with original or relevant themes and you don't care about whoever this British guy is.


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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