Tom Hiddleston fans’ dreams came true when it was announced he would return to the stage in Betrayal, the final production of the Pinter at the Pinter season in London’s West End.
Tom Hiddleston shot to stardom playing Loki in the 2011 live-action film Thor and has firmly established the character as an anti-hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom’s other notable screen roles include The Night Manager opposite Olivia Coleman, Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse, Kong: Skull Island, The Hollow Crown and The Deep Blue Sea.
The Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner’s stage roles include his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh, his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline and The Changeling.
What is Betrayal about?
Written with poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order.
Inspired by Harold Pinter’s affair with TV presenter Joan Bakewell, it integrates the different permutations of betrayal relating to an affair involving married couple, Emma and Robert, and Robert’s “close friend” Jerry, who is also married, to a woman named Judith.
For five years Jerry and Emma carry on their affair without Robert’s knowledge, both cuckolding Robert and betraying Judith, until Emma, without telling Jerry she has done so, admits her infidelity to Robert (in effect, betraying Jerry), although she continues their affair.
Four years after exposing the affair, and two years after their subsequent break-up, Emma meets Jerry to tell him that her marriage to Robert is over. She then lies to Jerry in telling him that, “last night”, she had to reveal the truth to Robert and that he now knows of the affair. The truth however, is that Robert has known about the affair for the past four years.
When and where is Betrayal running?
Betrayal begins previews on 5 March 2019, with press night on 13 March 2019, and will run until 1 June 2019 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
Who is in the Betrayal cast?
Tom Hiddleston will play Robert; Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw, Wanderlust, Fresh Meat) will play Emma; and Charlie Cox (Daredevil, The Theory of Everything, Boardwalk Empire, Stardust) will play Jerry.
How to get tickets for Betrayal
Tickets are now on sale here
Will Betrayal be filmed for the cinema?
It has yet to been announced if Betrayal will be filmed for a live broadcast to cinemas.