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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

89
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like plays analyzing personal relationships, full of humor

Don't see it if you want exciting action on the stage or if you don't like plays which go backwards in time

Also We saw the original production in 1980 and, despite its stellar cast, ... Read more Read less

90
It stays with you, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Excellent acting

See it if you like Pinter, you don't mind non-linear storytelling, you want to see three excellent actors take you for a journey throug their lives

Don't see it if you can't follow a story told in reverse order

Also the final image is simply beautiful. Best wedding-cake topper ever

67
Long, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if You want to see some fine performances.

Don't see it if The dialogue is clunky. The structure doesn't allow for surprises: every conflict has its solution revealed beforehand.

Also The straightforward story is needlessly complicated by the backwards p... Read more Read less

76
Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if you want to see the most aesthetically pleasing Broadway production: stark and elegant, it feels like a modern art installation

Don't see it if you need lots and lots to be entertained, this is severely minimalist production.

Also We have a classic love triangle: a couple and his best man/best friend... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like spare, insightful plays that emphasize great acting and universal themes.

Don't see it if You must have fast pacing or are impatient with slow, deliberate, non-linear story-telling.

78
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy watching British people behaving badly. Great direction. Fine performances. Sterile.

Don't see it if You’re idea of a betrayal is an episode of Jerry Springer.

90
Profound, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you want to see one of Pinter's masterworks brought to life with the focus being on the script. It's beautiful in its minimalism.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays or don't enjoy plays that use time in a non lineal way.

92
Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are ok seeing a dramatic play stripped of everything save the actors.

Don't see it if You are looking for an evening of mindless entertainment.

90
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you find Pinter incomprehensible as this production will change your mind.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a star vehicle for Tom Hiddleston as he is simply one third of a perfect ensemble.

Also Betrayal is Pinter's most frequently revived play ; whether it is also... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, A trio of superb performances, it's all about the pauses, isn't it?

See it if you want to see Pinter's most accessible play, impeccably performed.

Don't see it if you want dramas with fireworks, told in a straightforward manner.

Also was the audience expecting a neil simon comedy? yes, based on their re... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of Tom Hiddleston and would love to see him live on stage regardless of what he is playing

Don't see it if The play is slow, the story is cliche. If you want something exciting, it’s not for you.

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you like Pinter.

Don't see it if if you want something lively.

Also This wasn't my cup of tea. It was 2 1/2 hours of "will the husband fin... Read more Read less

91
Riveting, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you love the stars, want to see a brilliantly acted piece where every silence matters, and don’t mind a plot in reverse.

Don't see it if You don’t like non traditional plays, or the weakest scenes being at the end, or minimalist sets, or paying attention to what’s not said.

85
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You love the challenge of a play about a love triangle that goes backwards in time, and is written by a wordsmith for 3 great actors

Don't see it if There is no action or pyrotechnics, moody

95
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Tom Hiddleston!! And a great cast and acting along with him

Don't see it if You don’t like intense drama or Tom Hiddleston

80
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like seeing actor-centric work. These are three clearly accomplished artists plying their craft. The nuance they capture is amazing.

Don't see it if You are triggered by infidelity. If you are annoyed by long scenes or a lot of talking that demands you actually pay attention.

Also I've never seen any Pinter onstage before, and I thought this was a lo... Read more Read less

80
Star vehicle, Great acting, Intense

See it if I’ve long wanted to see Hiddleston on stage, but frankly I came for Charlie Cox. He doesn't disappoint with his signature tragic sadness.

Don't see it if If you don’t like sparse staging, can’t follow a story that jumps around in time, or find subtle character studies boring.

Also I know Tom Hiddleston puts butts in seats, and I’d kill to see him do ... Read more Read less

98
Slow, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy classic theatre and intense subject matter.

Don't see it if you get impatient with a slow-moving plot.

78
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in seeing these performers.

Don't see it if You like a linear story or need action.

Also It's the first time I was looking at my watch in a 90 min show! But we... Read more Read less

80
Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Hiddleston and/or Cox, you like relationship drama.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a story told backwards, you want something upbeat.

Also I really enjoyed this. And it was surprisingly funny even though it's ... Read more Read less

73
Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see three brilliant actors shining onstage in a stripped down reverse-timeline drama.

Don't see it if you have recent relationship issues and don't want something that might hit close to home. You love fully staged dramas or hate minimalism.

90
Intense, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Pinter plays and stories about marriages in trouble

Don't see it if you like linear shows, since this one is told in the present and then goes backward bit by bit.

96
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Acting was superb. Staging was perfect.

Don't see it if Story a little conflated but interesting.

79
Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want a well acted, absorbing drama. It is well acted, brilliantly staged, and fascinating.

Don't see it if you want to just sit back and be entertained. The story goes in reverse and one needs to pay attention. It is worth it.

74
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a show that delves into the caverns of affairs and betrayal within families

Don't see it if you like a comedy or a show that doesn't examine family dynamics

Also Zawe Ashton blew me away as Emma, she was the true star of this produc... 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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