Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton and Daredevil’s Charlie Cox will join Tom Hiddleston in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Pinter’s romantic play Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London
Zawe will play Emma, Hiddleston’s wife who has an affair with his ‘good friend’ Jerry, played by Charlie Cox. Inspired by Pinter’s affair with TV presenter Joan Bakewell, the play is told in reverse chronological order and thrilling charts the complexities, betrayals and romance of the affair.
Known for her roles in television sitcom Fresh Meat, the comedy series Not Safe for Work, Wanderlust and the forthcoming Velvet Buzzsaw, Zawe starred in The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Jean Genet’s The Maids at Trafalgar Studios and played the title role in Lloyd’s production of Salomé for Headlong.
Zawe Ashton said: ‘I’m so thrilled to be part of the journey into the heart of one of Harold Pinter’s most personal pieces of work. As a longtime collaborator of Jamie Lloyd, it’s so exciting to be rounding off such an epic season of Pinter’s work.’
Charlie Cox is best known for the leading role in Daredevil for Marvel, Tristan Thorn in Stardust, Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything and Owen Sleater in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Cox’s stage work includes the 2008 production of The Lover & The Collection, directed by Jamie Lloyd, the title role in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse and Nick Payne’s Incognito in New York.
Charlie Cox said: ‘I am so excited to be returning to the West End and, indeed, the Harold Pinter Theatre after over ten years, and to be collaborating once again with the brilliant Jamie Lloyd. It feels particularly fitting and special to be working with Jamie on another Pinter play, as our production of ‘The Lover and The Collection’ in 2008 was amongst the last projects that Harold himself was personally involved with.’
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.