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Betrayal

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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'). 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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (438)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

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Overrated, Outdated, Disappointing, Spare, Slow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!

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.

65
Great acting, Sparse, Intense, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You like Harold Pinter. You like shows that don't have much action, all verbal.

Don't see it if You don't like Harold Pinter or shows that you have to pay attnetion to every word.

Also The set was very sparse. There was no real action or or physical movem... Read more Read less

60
Pretentious, Unengaging, Cold, Minimalist, Spare

See it if You love Pinter and want a production that places ALL of its weight in his words.

Don't see it if You're not already a Pinter fan. I keep trying his plays, but I found this bloodless, passionless, unaffecting. Curiously cold given subject

64
Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if All three actors are quite good, and perhaps close up where you would really feel their performances the play would have more life.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate pregnant pauses. My feeling was that every time they wanted to communicate subtext, they were directed to be silent.

56
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like waiting for something to happen

Don't see it if you have any kind of expectations for this show. It won't meet them.

Also I was so disappointed in this show; I was just bored the whole time. N... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Want a decent night of theatre with some mediocre performances from some big names. Decent enough for a night out.

Don't see it if Don't want a story of infidelity and the lies that stream out of such actions leading nowhere.

68
Boring, Passionless, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you appreciate great acting and a creative Harold Pinter approach to viewing extramarital affairs in reverse order starting in the present.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fast-moving play with some action. This play is all verbal with minimal movement and passionless interactions.

Also First and foremost, the male actors in this play are extraordinary and... Read more Read less

69
Heavy handed but lovely words

See it if you love Pinter and his beautiful words and pauses. BUT the direction is very heavy handed. Actors do their best.

Don't see it if you want to think about betrayal, ALL the ramifications involved, yes, misery but also excitement, fun. This production just sits in MISERY

65
Misogynist, Overrated, Slow, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you love Pinter and you want to see this yet again for the nth time in a very spare production that makes its misogyny clearer than ever

Don't see it if you want comedy or you want to care about people who barely care themselves - it feels more hollow than ever before

60
Boring, Dated, Posers, Moody, Passionless

See it if you are a Pinter-file and seeing everything is a must. let me be clear - that would be the only reason to see this.

Don't see it if you have anything else to do, hate wasting your time and money and don't believe that posing substitutes for acting.

67
Long, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if You want to see some fine performances.

Don't see it if The dialogue is clunky. The structure doesn't allow for surprises: every conflict has its solution revealed beforehand.

Also The straightforward story is needlessly complicated by the backwards p... Read more Read less

56
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston. The acting in this piece really is strong, but the entire show is one note. One, long, note.

Don't see it if Just go to see any of the actors, if you admire them.The show is poorly directed. It has potential, so it’s disappointing.No levels. Boring.

65
Banal, Great staging, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you value star power over substance.

Don't see it if you like to stay awake during theatre.

68
Dated, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of minimalist plays with talented actors. You enjoy Pinter's work.

Don't see it if you would rather see a more character-driven plot with more development and empathy. This play does not provide any substance for the viewer

Also It's obvious that this production's marketing is entirely based on its... Read more Read less

69
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love the Avengers or die hard Pinter

Don't see it if Im not really sure what this play speaks to in this moment and found it fine

68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like interesting, mind provoking plays. The story is told in reverse, which is entertaining. Great acting & direction.

Don't see it if you get bored easily or don't like to follow story lines in reverse. Or if you like flashy, contemporary plays better.

51
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you don't have high expectations of a Broadway play and you often agree with critics reviews which were good.

Don't see it if you want to be engaged, e tertained or challenged. I found it boring and cliche.

56
Overrated, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if This show will appeal to some, as it did to those who recommended it to me. It just felt dated and didnt get me to care about their marriage

Don't see it if You like to see rich white people talk seductively in a grumble to each other about the surface layer of a series of multi-year affairs.

65
Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Pinter's work, are okay with unlikable characters, like abstract staging, or MUST see everything that Hiddleston does

Don't see it if you want to watch redeeming characters, are uncomfortable with affairs, or are looking for Marvel

Also I want to be clear that this is an objectively good show. The directio... Read more Read less

63
Overrated, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you like plays with little action and lots of dialogue. You like love triangles. you enjoy digging deeper into meaning.

Don't see it if you enjoy a large climax, or constant entertainment. It gets very boring and repetitive at times.

51
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if If you like incredible actors, but don't need a brilliant plot.

Don't see it if You want great dialogue.

60
Slow, Confusing

See it if Are way up close to stage

Don't see it if Unless you get very close seats or are willing to wear headphones. I was in Mezzanine and at times could hear nothing! The only scene that w

Also Was loud enough to understand was the one between just the two men. Ve... Read more Read less

66
Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Slow, Intense

See it if you are a fan of these actors or if you enjoy intense acting.

Don't see it if You have a tendency to fall asleep during slow-moving shows.

68
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated

See it if you prefer internalized emotions, minimalist staging, and reverse chronology.

Don't see it if you feel that the combination of minimalist dialogue, emotions, and staging will not be engrossing enough. A grey tale on a grey stage.


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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