Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Betrayal

From 438 member  reviews
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

During previews
75
Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like stories about relationships and minimalistic plays.

Don't see it if you want to be blown away. Great acting, but this is not earth shattering.

During previews
63
Overrated, Self-important, pretentious, overly conceptual mush

See it if want to see glimpses of great acting trapped behind an unbearably pretentious design and concept.

Don't see it if you don't like a design team shouting the theme of the play at every single moment and depriving the audience of the journey.

Also It was so ridiculous when the lines are talking about the beauty of th... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy complex over complicated, internal brooding over external articulation, and a "quiet" drama. The staging is simple and exquisite.

Don't see it if you are easily bored or distracted by the pauses between the words or don't like plays that tinker with a linear timeline.

Also I found the men to be much stronger in their performances and interpre... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like the principle actors or are a Pinter fan

Don't see it if Super slow and repetitive

During previews
100
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

See it if The acting, super; the set, minimal yet creatve; very Pinter. 90 minutes of pure theatre.

Don't see it if You expect costumes, lots of scenery, or don't like lots of dialogue punctuated by long silences.

During previews
90
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Enjoy great acting in a well crafted play.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, big casts....

During previews
53
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Tom Hiddleston in person

Don't see it if You want to see a dramatic arc in a show titled Betrayal You need a strong story with character development and to understand motives

During previews
100
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If U read the synopsis on Wikipedia BEFORE U see it, U’ll understand it & love it 4 it is a brilliant script w great actors.

Don't see it if Read synopsis or U’ll be confused & give a low score. The scenes R NOT in order but stage movements will reveal time movement.

Also READ scene synopsis in Wikipedia BEFORE seeing the play 2 enjoy the ge... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Overrated, Common, Dull, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You are easily entertained by hearing about someone’s affair. If you must see a story told backwards, see Memento! It is awesome!

Don't see it if You like either a wild musical or a multilayered drama. Betrayal is neither. ! I love slow ponderous dramas if done well, but not this one.

During previews
79
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate masterful acting, and staging. You love clever use of language, and are an Anglophile.

Don't see it if You dislike reverse chronology, and sometimes confusing plot twists. You have trouble understanding British accents. You want stage action

During previews
92
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be immersed in 90 minutes of drama masterfully handled by three actors. They are all a dream to watch onstage.

Don't see it if You are looking for a grand scale spectacle of a play like Harry Potter.

During previews
92
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic production of this iconic play. Three excellent performances with particular kudos to Tom Hiddleston. A must see for Pinter fans.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Pinter’s cryptic style, or don’t like non comedic drama, don’t see this.

During previews
80
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Confusing

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston, but you'll stay for the story and the whole cast.

Don't see it if You hate "stunt casting" (but Tom Hiddleston is very good).

During previews
90
Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if want to see a classic Pinter play helmed by a brilliant director with a great cast

Don't see it if Not into Pinter plays

During previews
73
Slow, Overrated, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like Pinter, Tom Hiddleston, or new staging of old shows

Don't see it if You're looking to have your life changed

During previews
68
Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if The actors did the best acting that they could with the script . Good combo of actors, occasional comedic relief

Don't see it if This show had too much silence in between lines , over dramatic. The play went from present time ..backwards. It was too slow...

During previews
76
Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience intense emotion

Don't see it if You need linearity or want complex staging

During previews
78
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to three great actors play out some bad decisions.

Don't see it if You like elaborate stage sets and happiness.

During previews
96
Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love seeing plays for the acting and exploration of complex human emotions and relationships

Don't see it if the topic of infidelity is a trigger for you; you can't sit through 90 mins straight

Also I sat in the orchestra and this was an incredibly absorbing play. All ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Slow, Great acting

See it if You are fans of the actors or you want to see a story told backwards which was refreshing from the norm.

Don't see it if Very slow and subdued. No moment where the tension holds your breath. Slow burn w/o the burn. Also don’t come looking for an elaborate se

During previews
40
Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You're a huge fan of the Cox or Hiddleston and don't have strong feelings about the play.

Don't see it if You're not OK with a very self-indulgent, overly-emotional take on what should be a quick, dark, and devastating piece of work.

Also I was pretty astounded to see a whole cast of Brits seem constitutiona... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of intense, British dramas

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced thriller. It can be slow at times.

During previews
92
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Top notch Pinter. Amazing acting. Stark beautiful staging.. Every word has two meanings. Hiddleston is heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You don’t care for intense, spare drama about flawed relationships; sitting for 90 minutes is too long.

During previews
95
Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You like Pinter done with masterful actors.

Don't see it if You are looking for the Avengers or Daredevil

During previews
90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like an intelligent and intense look at a marriage & affair that leaves everyone 'betrayed'.

Don't see it if you want action or humor or a straight timeline

Also Consider this an acting master class.


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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