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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
79
Avg Score

97
Humorous, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're a Pinter fan, like psychological thrillers, are a fan of stylish staging, spare design, & great acting. Fantastic production!

Don't see it if you want fluff, an outright comedy (though there's lots of humor), or a show that moves quickly.

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Pinter plays, great acting, minimal but very effective staging and seeing the insidious nature of extramarital affairs.

Don't see it if You don’t like Pinter, feel uncomfortable about extramarital affairs, like more staging or prefer light hearted dramas or musicals.

77
Slow, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like dialog-heavy minimalist theater. The acting is good enough to largely make up for it, and the writing mostly warrants their skill.

Don't see it if The set is barely there, so don't see it if you're looking for flash. It's fun but not life-changingly good. Worth it as a cheap ticket.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if Although the three main actors were quite good I was a bit disappointed in the play. Very slow moving and no high points for me

Don't see it if You would enjoy a more lively and faster paced production. I kept waiting for that big moment to happen. But was disappointed in the end.

Also I went in with very high expectations. Wasn't bad by any means but I w... Read more Read less

83
Slow, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if See masterful actors in this Pinter Revival that is 90 minutes and not linear. it is not confusing but clear on the marriage betrayals.

Don't see it if if you are not interested in an intense play about deterioration of relationships or marriages. Infidelity is the topic. British accents

79
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dramatic plays. The time sequence of the play is masterful.

Don't see it if you enjoy plays which the content is less serious.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see 3 actors at the top of their game deliver this deeply intense story. Outstanding stage & lighting design. A must see for me.

Don't see it if You absolutely cannot sit through a slower paced play with a 90 minute runtime with no intermission. Hate plays with no set design.

Also Please don’t see this show for Tom Hiddleston alone, there are so many... Read more Read less

79
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a play that tells the tale of a relationship in reverse order as only Pinter can do.

Don't see it if you like a straightforward play with no obscurity.

78
Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Pinter plays that are long on pregnant pauses, quiet sustained eye contact without dialogue and Tom Hiddleston's nuanced perf.

Don't see it if you'd be confused by a timeline that starts in the present & works its way back nearly a decade, don't like a bare stage, don't like Pinter.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Sharp, Anguished, Riveting

See it if you're ready to eat crow after years of dismissing Pinter's time-reversed deconstruction of a love triangle. This version is quite engaging.

Don't see it if you've been cheated on recently. This British import plucks the titular theme's chord repeatedly and assuredly. (Yes, I shed a few tears.)

Also Memorable Line: "It was never intended to be the same kind of home."

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

87
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like fine writing and acting. Characters seemed emotionally detached. The pace of the play was slow at times.

Don't see it if You don’t like Pinter.

81
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like any of the actors. Like intelligent, well written and well acted plays. Like stories of broken relationships

Don't see it if You dont like plays with minimal action. This is mainly dialogue. Don't want to see a play told in reverse. Don't like bare boned sets

Also I went to this expecting to hate it based on a lot of the reviews but ... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Intelligent, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you love great acting and direction.

Don't see it if you're expecting a straight forward revival of a Pinter Play. I'm not a huge fan of Pinter, but this production was excellent.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you like a complex bond bet men thru intermediary of the same woman,in reverse order of events. Terrific acting,directing,staging&lighting.

Don't see it if you are not fond of pauses/slow diolagues typical of Pinter ! You do not think you may be hurt by the one you love.

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see some great acting and a great way to use the stage to further tell the story.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with a simple theme or need a play about the less positive parts of a relationship.

Also I really liked how the stage was used to have all three actors on stag... 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.

80
Dated, Slow, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are of a mind to watch three terrific actors for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through 90 minutes of slow paced theatre

Also The audience was stone silent.

86
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if good actors and a great script

Don't see it if Not an action packed play but a slow thoughtful production

70
Slow, Clever

See it if You want to see a classic play with a good cast.

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate plays with no intermissions, slow tedious dialog and long pregnant pauses. Play starts at the end and moves backwards.

74
Overrated, Great acting

See it if you love pinter

Don't see it if you saw the Daniel craig merely being a blank set doesn't add much

Also not sure why it was such a hit in London

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

80
Spare, reverse chronology, pinter

See it if You like relationship dramas, briskly told in 90 minutes...lots of pauses and stillness. True to Pinter’s writing. Acting is subtle.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action, can sit with no intermission and lot of pregnant pauses (coughing is very audible).

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

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see engaging, calibrated performances

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with infidelity and it’s aftermath


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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