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

82
Quiet, Minimalist, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting

See it if excellent acting from all 3 leads. Interesting premise of telling story backward. Quiet, slow play demands concentration.

Don't see it if you prefer more action--this is all talk. If you want an elaborate set. If you want likable characters.

Also Cell phones went off at least 4 separate times in the theater. Inexcus... Read more Read less

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.

93
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want a superbly acted, brilliantly staged, play. It’s Pinter, which can often be slow and stodgy, and I found myself leaning forward...

Don't see it if You don’t like Pinter. The joy of this was being pulled in to the action, but in Pinter, there’s not a lot. If you want linear story lines.

Also The staging, which left the actors visible at all times, was brilliant... Read more Read less

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

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.

85
Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent, Wonderful production

See it if You're hungry for Pinter. You've cheated in love. The mystery of relationships keeps you up at night.

Don't see it if You don't like slow-paced, set in limbo plays about British infidelity-it's more subdued than American.

Also I thought this production was a marvel: The empty limbo set that focus... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing innovative staging concepts (this is as spare as I've ever seen!) and good actors, even if you're not a real Pinter fan.

Don't see it if you know that you absolutely hate Pinter or any play in which there is no real "action".

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

82
Layered and interesting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Intriguing, complex storytelling. With spare set and beautiful lighting you can watch shadows behind the characters. Fits the deceptions.

Don't see it if Was reluctant to see it after disliking Pinter’s the Homecoming, but found this less disturbing. Lots to think about with levels of betrayal

88
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays by Harold Pinter who is a word master. Minimal staging perfect for play emphasizing deep meaning of characters' interactions.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas that aren't literal and that don't help you understand the playwright's intentions.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of the cast or enjoy stories of complicated relationships

Don't see it if you don't like Pinter, slow paced stories or topic of infidelity.

77
Resonant, Great acting

See it if Can one person fulfill all your needs?This play explores this question.An absorbing study of marriage, deception, & human nature. Powerful!

Don't see it if if you are expecting a comedy, or something light or without a substance.

Also Tom Hiddleston gives a multilayered performance as an egocentric husba... Read more Read less

75
British to the core, Reverse time line, Spare & subtle

See it if you've never seen this spare & subtle 1978 Pinter play about two men friends & one wife who have all betrayed one another. Great acting.

Don't see it if you would not like a somewhat dated straight play on how to screw your best friend's wife, your best friend & yourself.

Also I'd heard from several people at various other performances, as well a... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Pinter. And ..um..naturalistic, err, dialogue. Brilliant acting of fairly selfish, unlikeable posh characters.

Don't see it if If you hate spoilers. Backwards timeframe leaves no storyline suspense. It’s all about the acting.

96
Great staging, Riveting, Intelligent, Well written, Incredible acting

See it if you enjoy seeing actors more known for pop culture roles in a powerful and well written piece. You have a love for real acting!

Don't see it if you are fans not of the actors, but of their previous roles. You dislike very emotional plays regarding "cheating" in marriage.

Also Jerry, Emma & Robert. (Charlie Cox, Zawe Ashton & Tom Hiddleston). Not... 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

88
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like straight forward staging of plays where the focus is on dialogue and character. The cast led by Tom Hiddleston is masterful.

Don't see it if You're not a Pinter fan or you don't like plays, especially one's dealing with infidelity.

70
Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an incredible staging of this Pinter play with a cast of extraordinary actors. Hiddleston & Cox are knockouts!

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to be completely silent and in the moment. Every word is meant to be completely taken by. The cast demands attention.

48
Slow, Overrated

See it if you haven't ever seen or read a Pinter play. See it if the actors interest you.

Don't see it if you want an absorbing, enlightening play. There was nothing new to offer the audience in this play.

Also I sat in the first row, so I could see every facial expression, but I ... Read more Read less

79
Eloquent, Very british!, Subtle, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like to follow the words and body language of great actors in a well written play. It's sad, stark, and nuanced in its presentation.

Don't see it if you like action/intrigue and don't want to have to listen intently to dialogue. The whole show is focused on 3 unlikeable characters.

93
Masterful, Intense, Intelligent, Sexy, Great acting

See it if you want to see three great actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you're expecting a lot of bells and whistles in the scenery department.

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.

79
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great actors onstage with this classic. It is stripped down and very raw. But it works well.

Don't see it if You don't like spare, bare staging. The set also has very limited sight lines, so sit center. Also the play covers infidelity, so be ready

75
Romantic, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Tom, Zawe or Charlie in an interesting story about an affair.

Don't see it if you want a fast moving show or prefer musicals.


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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