ABOUT CHARLIE COX
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.
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.’
WHAT ROLE DOES CHARLIE COX PLAY?
Charlie plays Jerry, Emma’s lover and Robert’s friend.
CHARLIE COX’S PREVIOUS THEATRE ROLES
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’S FILM AND TV ROLES
Cox’s breakout role was as the main protagonist, Tristan Thorn in the 2007 fantasy film Stardust which he starred in opposite Claire Danes. Since then he has had roles in numerous films including Stone of Destiny, Glorious 39, There Be Dragons, Hello Carter, The Theory of Everything, Eat Locals and King of Thieves.
For television, Charlie played the lead role of Matt Murdock / Daredevil in the MCU series Daredevil and the Defenders, as well as Owen Sleater in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
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.