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
78
Intense, Profound, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You are fan of the actors and If you enjoy (or have never experienced) slow paced play that focus mainly in the acting.

Don't see it if You are not a big fan of plays that have a slow pace activity and that require some extra attention to the story.

Also The storyline of the play is very creative and the fact that the story... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Excruciating, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You like shows that are more vignette-driven than linear plot.

Don't see it if You like to understand characters' motivations and back stories and have a clear understanding of what the plot is. There is none.

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Classic Pinter work

Don't see it if You do approve of infidelity

During previews
85
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great actors engage your imagination with an intense story with minimal staging.

Don't see it if The story is told backwards, so can be difficult to follow if not given full attention.

During previews
60
Emperor has no clothes, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You're Pinter groupie or mother of one of the, admittedly brilliant, actors.

Don't see it if Reverse chronology robs of dramatic tension. Blank stage seems pretentious. Characters’ arty jobs reinforce privileged, out of touch people.

During previews
84
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if You like Pinter....this is the best production of Pinter I've ever seen. The direction is masterful and intriguing & so are the performers.

Don't see it if It may shock if you're not expecting a more plot-driven, linear play. Requires lots of work on the part of the audience.

Also Brilliant production. Genius direction, terrific minimalist set, light... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like cerebral plays

Don't see it if you dislike plays involving complicated relationships

During previews
90
Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You enjoy incredibly well-acted, enthralling theater that leaves you reconsidering perceptions and reactions, and intertwining relationships

Don't see it if You don't like to consider challenges to society's expectations/conventions, or if you have a short attention span.

During previews
96
Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that makes you think and feel. Jamie Lloyd is a brilliant director and the three leads are very strong.

Don't see it if You want to see a grand spectacle with light/fluffy plot. Set is minimal and the play focuses on dialogue. Dark humor, by no means happy.

During previews
100
Masterful, Profound, Great acting

See it if You like Tom Hiddleston and a compelling psychological study of interpersonal relationships.

Don't see it if You just want to see a spectacular show with mesmerizing visuals and singing.

During previews
20
Unemotional, Wasted talent, Pretentious direction, A complete bore., More dead pauses than words

See it if you like bad copies of Van Hove's View From The Bridge...you want to semi sleep for 90 minutes in a FREEZING cold theater set at 68 degrees.

Don't see it if You expect an exciting and emotional play. Expecting a riveting production. You want your money's worth. You expect anything of excellence.

Also The director has nearly destroyed the play. And this was a supposed "h... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Epic, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting, Profound

See it if You like a little more thought with your theatre. There’s no extra “stuff” to draw your attention away from the main characters

Don't see it if You’re expecting lots of humor and music - it’s definitely not “Oklahoma”

During previews
79
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Thoughtful portrayal of disintegration of marriage

Don't see it if You don’t want to concentrate. It’s measured pace and intense


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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