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

87
Must see, Great acting, Intense

See it if You love Harold Pinter. Probably not his best work but worth seeing just for the staging. The acting was great, just see it.

Don't see it if You don’t like slow, intense, lots of dialogue plays. Some of the audience didn’t get it and unwrapped candy at key dialogue parts......

Also Acting is great, staging is very interesting. Lighting is fantastic.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Serious topic with good use of humor.

Don't see it if Want singing and dancing

97
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Deals with triangle relationships,

Don't see it if .........

92
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see top performers at their best. The acting in this show is mesmerizing and intelligent and moving.

Don't see it if you like shows with a happy ending.

75
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if .

Don't see it if .

90
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you love Tom Hiddleston, you are willing to think to make it work.

Don't see it if You want big production value or a traditional Broadway show.

56
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston. The acting in this piece really is strong, but the entire show is one note. One, long, note.

Don't see it if Just go to see any of the actors, if you admire them.The show is poorly directed. It has potential, so it’s disappointing.No levels. Boring.

80
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if the acting and staging are wonderful

Don't see it if the accents can be difficult and it is slow

88
Intimate, Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if If you re a Pinter fan, or a fan of intimate, dramatic, plays. Every word was important. Only criticism, sound could be 7% louder in mezz

Don't see it if if you're not a fan of Pinter, dramatic plays, or Tom Hiddleston. 90 min-no intermission-if you get up during play, they'll move you to back

75
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like smart writing, staging and acting

Don't see it if You are in the midst of an affair

100
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you love great acting and complicated relationships

Don't see it if Don’t like plays with few characters and serious themes

79
Good, Well lit, Well staged, Uneven, Unfinished

See it if you like straight plays and appreciate Pinter's style

Don't see it if You expect to see the best production of Betrayal possible

Also The cast is either too young or just not good enough actors, especiall... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Great staging, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you value star power over substance.

Don't see it if you like to stay awake during theatre.

79
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are looking for thought-provoking theater and you can focus on the writing. A very spare set.

Don't see it if you need a lot going on on stage.

93
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful adaptation of Pinters play. Clever to tell the story backwards. Keeps you absorbed in the story.

Don't see it if If you have trouble concentrating or prefer musicals.

70
Boring, Overrated, Funny, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston or Charlie Cox, you can get a cheap ticket

Don't see it if you are looking for something resonant, you don't care for any of the actors or don't like minimalistic shows

Also Hiddleston's performance didn't disappoint, but the rest of the show w... Read more Read less

80
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if It's a Pinter play, look it up if you don't know what that means. Nicely staged, pay attention to the shadows, and the star quality.

Don't see it if It isn't about all that much, but the three actors make it seem far more resonant than it is.

86
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you like relationship plays about imperfect people told in non-linear fashion with unpretentious acting, simple sets and costumes.

Don't see it if Infidelity as a subject is one you see as a black or white issue. You prefer plays told in a linear structure.

92
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you consider the domino effect our actions have on others in our lives, and believe there is as much power in what is not said as what is.

Don't see it if you need your plays need and tidy, or if you need to see an elaborate stage. This is a spare production, and all the more effective for it.

Also I have seen three productions of this play (the only NY production I d... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of minimalist plays with talented actors. You enjoy Pinter's work.

Don't see it if you would rather see a more character-driven plot with more development and empathy. This play does not provide any substance for the viewer

Also It's obvious that this production's marketing is entirely based on its... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like to be challenged by innovative theater

Don't see it if You are looking for substantial action and scenery

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent

See it if You love Tom Hiddleston and want to see a classic stripped down and naturalistic.

Don't see it if You want pyrotechnics and star powered performances. A bit too cold and pretentious.

69
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love the Avengers or die hard Pinter

Don't see it if Im not really sure what this play speaks to in this moment and found it fine

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like a well acted story that tackles a situation that is probably far more common than is discussed publicly

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast moving story. This is slow and deliberate. It will keep you discussing it for a while.

98
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like Pinter plays and overall a great story filled with great acting! It is sublime!

Don't see it if You don’t like plays and want a full stage of props!


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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