Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on Broadway

I’m doing this thing where I go back in time during the 2019-2020 Broadway season and write about all the shows I saw that I didn’t previously have a chance to write about. I hope you’ll indulge me! The first play I wanted to write about was Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

The only thing I knew about this play before I saw it was that it was the story of a marriage starting with the day they’re getting divorced ) and that it had been a hit in London. I was also excited to see Tom Hiddleston. I’ve always had a soft spot for Loki in the Marvel movies (I even wanted to name one of my cats after the character but that never worked out) and I was curious to see whether or not he could act onstage, too!

The three-person cast was rounded out by Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox (I’ve only watched a couple of episodes and I was not a fan, to be honest) and British actress Zawe Ashton. It’s somewhat exhausting to watch a marriage go from hitting rock bottom to being great, just because you know how it turns out.

Harold Pinter isn’t my favorite, and this definitely wasn’t my favorite play of his. Hiddleston was great though. He can definitely hold his own onstage – he was convincing every step of the way. Ashton and Cox also did a good job, but I thought Hiddleston shined the most.

Was this a total waste of 90 minutes? Not at all. It was only 90 minutes and you could definitely find worse ways to spend your Sunday afternoon than watching a Pinter play with a fine cast on Broadway.


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