Following a widely acclaimed, sold-out run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End, director Jamie Lloyd's production of the Pinter classic Betrayal transfers to Broadway from August 14, 2019.
The star-studded cast includes three talented Brits, who are all making their respective Broadway debuts with the production: Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox, perhaps best known for their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles as Loki and Daredevil, respectively, alongside UK television star Zawe Ashton.
Tom Hiddleston shot to superstardom and became a Hollywood heavyweight in 2011 after landing the role of the villainous Loki and debuting in "Thor." He quickly became a fan favorite amongst Marvel and film aficionados and would reprise the role in 2012's "The Avengers," 2013's "Thor: The Dark World," 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok," 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War," and, most recently, 2019's "Avengers: Endgame." He has also proven his versatility as an actor with a Golden Globe-winning performance in "The Night Manager" for the BBC and varied roles in the likes of "Kong: Skull Island," "Muppets Most Wanted," and the 2011 film adaptation of "War Horse." Aside from his career on screen, Hiddleston is also an Olivier Award-winning, accomplished stage actor in the UK, having appeared in such classics as The Changeling and Cymbeline at the Barbican, Othello, Ivanov, and Coriolanus (as the titular role) at the Donmar Warehouse, and having starred as the Danish Prince himself in Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he trained as an actor.
Charlie Cox is also a Marvel fan favorite thanks to his starring role in three seasons of "Daredevil" (and one season of "The Defenders") on Netflix. He's also known for his a recurring role as Owen Sleater in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and film fans may recognise him from roles in such high-profile movies as "The Theory of Everything," "Casanova," and "Stardust." On stage, he made his Lucille Lortel-nominated Off-Broadway debut in Manhattan Theatre Club's Incognito in 2016 and prior to this, he appeared on the London stage in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Harold Pinter's The Collection, and as the titular character in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse.
Zawe Ashton has around a dozen London stage credits to her name, notably headlining alongside "Orange Is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba and "Downton Abbey" star Laura Carmichael in a 2016 West End production of The Maids. She shot to fame in the UK as Violet "Vod" Nordstrom in the Channel 4 hit comedy series "Fresh Meat," in 2011 and has gone on to land film roles the likes of "Blitz," "Nocturnal Animals," and "Velvet Buzzsaw."
Harold Pinter's Betrayal, written in 1978 and first premiering at London's National Theatre, is arguably one of the playwright's most iconic (and most intimate) pieces of work. Inspired by Pinter's own seven-year, clandestine extramarital affair with Joan Bakewell (a BBC television presenter) in the 1960s, so too does Betrayal revolve around a seven-year affair and the ways in which the three characters of the play betray and deceive each other. Emma and Robert are the married couple of the piece and Emma is partaking in an affair with Robert's close friend, Jerry (who is himself married to an offstage character called Judith). The most striking aspect of the drama is that it famously unfolds in reverse chronology, beginning in 1977 and ending in 1968. The beauty of it is Pinter's use of dialogue, characteristically revelling in hidden emotions. Director Jamie Lloyd's minimalist production strips away all possible distractions and allows his three actors (who are omnipresent on stage, regardless of whether they are actively involved in a particular scene) to exercise their craft and give life to nuanced, complex relationships through text.
(Photos by Marc Brenner)