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

95
Great directing, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You appreciate relationship dramas at their best.

Don't see it if You have low tolerance for plays that demand your complete attention for 90 minutes without an intermission.

89
Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like Pinter’s plays about relationships. Great acting about adulterous relationships.

Don't see it if if you do not like Pinter plays about people.

80
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if Dissecting various moments of a failing relationship sounds interesting to you, and you prefer great acting to grand scenery or staging.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that move more sequentially or have more changing scenery.

73
Boring, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are fans of the actors and the play

Don't see it if if you want to see something excited

68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like interesting, mind provoking plays. The story is told in reverse, which is entertaining. Great acting & direction.

Don't see it if you get bored easily or don't like to follow story lines in reverse. Or if you like flashy, contemporary plays better.

78
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A focus on terrific writing and actors is what you enjoy.

Don't see it if Puzzles and minimalist sets bother you

85
Must see, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing the lifespan of a relationship played out. The details are in the quite moments. Was slow but that’s where the impact was.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience for a slow/thought provoking show. Not flashy, not fun but that’s what made it special and engaging

90
A terrific night of theater!

See it if you would like a first rate performance of a Pinter classic, with terrific acting.

Don't see it if You like happy endings

Also Look, Pinter is not everyone's cup of tea, and you don't leave the the... Read more Read less

80
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Pinter, as I do. Great staging and great acting distinguish this Pinter classic.

Don't see it if you don't like Pinter.

76
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great acting, threesome of interesting characters interwoven onto a sparse stage. Creative, simple stage.

Don't see it if You’re looking for an uplifting musical about people you actually care about. you have difficulty hearing be sure to get a hearing device.

75
Great acting, Engaging, Familiar, Quiet, Entertaining

See it if A trio of strong performances are the highlight of this entertaining, albeit familiar tale of lies, deception and broken relationships.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of slow, adult oriented theatre, you likely won't enjoy this one.

88
Relevant, Intense, Clever

See it if You like shows about relationships with twists. You like to analyze things!

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

Also Acting was great and the staging was very clever.

51
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you don't have high expectations of a Broadway play and you often agree with critics reviews which were good.

Don't see it if you want to be engaged, e tertained or challenged. I found it boring and cliche.

75
Slow, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate the Harold Pinter classics and are in the mindset to really invest in a slow, thought-exercise with minimal stage development

Don't see it if If you’re going for a glimpse of TH, beware that this is a very different context (he does a great job, but there are no hammers)

91
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a drama that explores the darker side of humanity, is devastating to watch, and hauntingly beautiful. You don't mind subtlety

Don't see it if You want an upbeat or fast-paced show that leaves you happy. You don't like minimalistic sets or subdued acting

90
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Pinter's dialogue and subject matter, also if you appreciate prolific actors.

Don't see it if you are easily confused by non-linear structure.

71
Slow, Indulgent, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want an interesting minimalist take on staging that works well and like Tom Hiddleston’s acting in an intense and serious role.

Don't see it if You are looking for great writing that would make you ponder about something longer than 10 minutes after the play is over .

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

See it if An intense, three person drama with all the action under the surface, with surprising humor and pathos.

Don't see it if You don't like quiet, under the surface modern theater.

83
Slow, Entertaining, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an intense play performed by incredible actors where every word is important

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a slow play and do not like the topic of betrayal— not a lot of action going on, but a lot of conversations

88
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like quiet, intense theatre pieces. Excellent acting is the key here.

Don't see it if You doze off during quiet plays

85
Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Wonderfully acted. This interpretation really highlights there are never just two people effected when it comes to infidelity.

Don't see it if You don’t like a modern pared down reinterpretation of a classic play.

56
Overrated, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if This show will appeal to some, as it did to those who recommended it to me. It just felt dated and didnt get me to care about their marriage

Don't see it if You like to see rich white people talk seductively in a grumble to each other about the surface layer of a series of multi-year affairs.

86
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like compelling one act plays that deal with the lies we tell one another and ourselves

Don't see it if The theme of adultery would disturb you or if you prefer action over dialogue

Also I’ve seen different productions of this Pinter classic over the years ... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 3 Great Actors work out issues of love/marriage/and friendship with the help of a well-written script

Don't see it if The subject of love affairs and cheating are of no interest to you.

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show were you aren’t quite sure what is true.

Don't see it if You have trouble with multiple changes in time.


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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