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Though the official Press Night doesn’t happen until tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 March), some of those who have attended preview shows have blogged or posted their own reviews of Betrayal.

Below is a listing, with some quotes highlighted, and links to the full reviews.

This page will be updated as more reviews come in. ‘Official’ reviews will be posted on a separate page.

Warning: the reviews may contain spoilers

Janet Hitchen (Love a Good Play), 8 March 2019

The stage design is exceptional in its simplicity and what it allows to unfold. The double revolve on the stage and the use of shadow is sublime — I was trasfixed by it for a lot of the show. Absolutely beautiful. It’s going to take a lot to top that this year.

Our three actors are superb and are all equally balanced in their performances. I particularly liked Zawe Ashton’s incredibly subtle performance of Emma and her unhappiness and sorrow.

5/5 Beautiful sorrow.


Time Out London (comment), Hannah G, 8 March 2019

Well that was intense. Ironically for Pinter, this was a breathless almost breakneck experience. Not a wasted second in a stripped back production. Hiddleston was immense. May as well make space on his awards shelf now. I have never rated him highly on screen but as in Corialanus, he is an irresistable and charismatic force on the stage. 


Diary of a Londoness (Scarlett), 8 March 2019

Tom Hiddleston is clearly a really nice guy. He’s on-stage for a straight 90 minutes in Harold Pinter’s 1978 classic, Betrayal,  and follows with autograph signing and selfie-taking with the hordes of fans who wait for him at the Harold Pinter Theatre stage door. So, it’s with a heavy heart than I tell you that I didn’t really like Betrayal.  There’s some fine acting, but it’s all a bit of a yawn.


Rev Stan’s Theatre blog, 9 March 2019

You need the laughs because it reminds you to breathe.

Hiddleston, Ashton and Cox deliver precise, layered performances in a production that grips with tension. I think Lloyd has saved the best to last in his Pinter at the Pinter season.


I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Monstagigz, 9 March 2019

It’s 90 minutes without interval and the pace is languid, performed well and full of the stylistic elements that Pinter lovers will enjoy. We’re in row 8 and the most effective emotional moment occurs when the previously stiff Hiddleston’s eyes glisten with tears we can see clearly. It’s perhaps a betrayal of how he really feels without ever otherwise letting on.


Maryam Philpott, 11 March 2019

As a finale to the Pinter at the Pinter season, this couldn’t be better, gripping, full of meaning and so very moving. You’ll need a walk home or have a quiet sit down afterwards to properly process it. Betrayal is the kind of play that stirs the feelings, unsettling and savage at times, but also sad and beautiful. With three exceptional performances full of complexity and feeling, innovative direction that enhances the themes of the play and an intensity that grips you entirely, Betrayal is everything you could hope for. The Pinter at the Pinter season has set a very high standard for itself, but what a swansong this has turned out to be.


Emma Raczkowski, Proscenium Dreams, 13 March 2019

Delivery is key in Pinter plays: Tom Hiddleston was a particular stand-out in this regard, most evidently so in the scene where his character Robert and Zawe Ashton’s Emma are on holiday in Italy. Again the dialogue is short but it’s the ‘Pinter pause’ which is most effective here – placed for dramatic effect, you can hear Robert’s heart breaking in that pause before he asks his wife whether they should go to Torcello the following day. 


The Geek Goddesses, 14 March 2019

Hiddleston for his part has never been better. Never has that beaming smile seemed more like a shark’s as he circles Jerry at the beginning, aware of the depths of his betrayal and hiding his anger, pain and simmering resentment behind a cold, cold grin and a blaze attitude. 


Lucy Brooks, CultureWhisper, 14 March 2019


In Jamie Lloyd’s immaculate revival, the Pinterian power struggles, loaded pauses and repressed meanings feel archly of the moment. And the three accomplished actors, led by a superb Tom Hiddleston, capture every agonising and exhilarating cadence of the central love triangle.


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