Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

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
79
Avg Score

100
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I'm not usually much of a Pinter fan, but this stripped down version highlights the intense emotion & phenomenal acting of it's cast.

Don't see it if If you can't sit still or be quiet for 90 minutes. There's no intermission and there's plenty of "Pinter Pauses" so SHUSH.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You enjoy compelling drama with strong performances of a character study driven script that is presented in a more non traditional format.

Don't see it if If you enjoy more action and resolution as opposed to taking away questions about the nature of the relationships that the play presents.

79
Dated, Great acting, Masterful

See it if The actors were compelling.

Don't see it if There is no action, no set; it's a pretty quiet show. So if you need more excitement and razzmattazz, not the show for you.

78
Indulgent, Slow, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like slow burn relationship dramas

Don't see it if you need a more fast pace story

85
Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a laugh!

Don't see it if You get offended easily

6
Raunchy, Quirky, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Dont waste your $$$

Don't see it if DONT GO THIS PLAY!! IT SUCKED!!

26
Boring, Emotionless, Disappointing

See it if Your a true theatre buff who really can appreciate the entire setup of this play and execution.

Don't see it if You expect dramatic acting, a captivating storyline, expect suspense or any emotion.

100
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You appreciate the spare dialogue of Harold Pinter, where what is left unsaid is often more powerful than what is said, & brilliant acting.

Don't see it if You like a lot of "action" and spectacle. This is low-key and understated, with a brilliantly conceived yet almost empty set.

11
Weird lady, Smelly, Sucks, Borinhg, Bad

See it if You like artsy crap

Don't see it if You like good entertainment

30
Sleep-inducing, Overrated, Dull, Banal, Slow

See it if You aren't sleeping well at night.

Don't see it if You like to be entertained at Broadway shows. It was slow and boring and I actually fell asleep during the show. Worst show I've seen.

99
Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if The staging is minimalist, yet effective. The acting is phenomenal, especially Tom Hiddleston. He is magnificent in the Venice scene.

Don't see it if Don’t care about great acting. Do not understand subtle and understated performances. Don’t like Pinter. Only want to see more action.

100
Profound, Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a minimalistic show. It's mostly a character study, but an amazingly executed one. You really get to see the character motivations.

Don't see it if you're with a child. It's inappropriate for younger audiences as one of the main topics is adultery.

75
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you like great acting, Harold Pinter and intellectual plays

Don't see it if you want suspense or a play that gets you emotionally involved.

Also Because of the reverse chronology employed in the play, you see at the... Read more Read less

100
Epic

See it if I saw Betrayal on sept 8th everyone was amazing Tom Hiddleston was amazing and sitting front row and meeting Tom was fantastic.

Don't see it if I loved the show it was amazing

Also I was a sad play but I enjoyed it I really went for my birthday presen... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Disappointing, Great writing, Bare bones production, Slow

See it if It's a great Pinter text. You are a fan of Hiddleston.

Don't see it if Direction greatly misfired. Ashton is miscast. At points excruciatingly slow. Feels very uncreative.

Also Having seen the last production of this play with Daniel Craig and Rac... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Disappointing, Low energy, Boring, Slow

See it if You are a big fan of one of the actors and want to see them on stage.

Don't see it if You desire high drama or intensity. The entire play is VERY slow and subdued. Very little tension, no riveting moments or dramatic scenes.

During previews
92
Intense, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like deep looks into what makes us tick. A BEAUTIFUL study of what dishonesty can do to a soul. Plus a STUNNING lighting design!!!

Don't see it if You’re not prepared to think and go with the flow. A bit of a mosaic...you don’t see the whole picture till you have all the pieces.

Also I think this show is EXTRAORDINARY. A beautiful piece of work. I hung ... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Very good acting. An absorbing play that starts at the end and works backward.

Don't see it if It is all dialogue and requires attention for the entire 90 minutes.

During previews
50
Pretentious, Missable, Pointless, Disappointing, Plodding

See it if You must see Tom Hiddleston. Otherwise it's a laborious show that you want to leave about 30 min in. Belongs Off-Off not on Broadway

Don't see it if You prefer a rich story with ... elaborate sets. You want to care about the characters.

During previews
88
Craftily staged, Handsomely designed, Beautifully played, Sharply written, Bittersweet

See it if you admire skilled playwriting, skilled acting or skilled staging.

Don't see it if you don’t like plays where the verbal almost fully dominates.

Also I liked this handsome production & its clockwork precision. I’d forgot... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Austere, Slow, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Three affected by the deceptions of an affair in this "spin" on Pinter's chestnut. Austere production demands attention to text.Tom's tears.

Don't see it if Even ardent Pinter stans (guilty) will know betrayal in this talking-heads production. Manipulated chronology ticks by.The revolves.Tay's ex

Also Actors giving subtle cinematic performances for the stage.

During previews
79
Overrated, Absorbing, Slow, Great acting

See it if Three people who were friends and each betrayed each other. You like low action show.

Don't see it if Want action, fast pace show. Its is slow.

Also The show was good, but for me sometime could not hear to well. Sat in ... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Intense, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a tense drama with nothing to distract you. There is a minimalist set with great lighting. The actors reign supreme in tight drama.

Don't see it if you like action in a play, an elaborate set and costumes. This play is all about the dialogue.

Also Ninety minutes fly by as you watch the action unfold in reverse order.... Read more Read less

During previews
39
Boring, Slow

See it if You want to see a black box show on a very big Broadway stage

Don't see it if You are expecting anything more than characters unlikable talking to each other with no action

Also They used a big Broadway stage and put a small show on it. The big int... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Worth seeing with lowered expectations., Beautiful actors, Gorgeous concept

See it if You like subdued, controlled performances, that despite long deliberate pauses, lose the music of Pinter's words.

Don't see it if Its a static production, elegantly staged and performed, I winced at the "I've hit her a few times" line said w/o rebuttal. It's not 1978.

Also I had thought they would shorten the pauses for NYC.... Read more Read less


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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