Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage in Betrayal following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014.
The Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner 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.
What role does Tom Hiddleston play?
Tom plays Robert, the cuckolded husband of Emma and friend of Jerry.
Tom Hiddleston’s previous theatre roles
Tom’s theatre credits include Hamlet, Coriolanus, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline and The Changeling.
Tom Hiddleston’s film and tv roles
Tom’s credits include the role of Loki in Marvel Cinematic Universe films Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: The Dark World andThor. Other films include Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Archipelago, Unrelated.
His television credits include: The Night Manager with Olivia Coleman & Hugh Laurie, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets and The Gathering Storm.
What is Betrayal about?
Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Daily Telegraph).
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.
Betrayal is booking until 1 June 2019 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.