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Tom Hiddleston to star in Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre

The Night Manager

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TOM Hiddleston is to star in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from March 6 to June 1, 2019, with tickets on sale from November 30.

Sometimes there can be three people in a marriage and Pinter’s play, which explores how our loves and losses echo and accumulate through time, exposes the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire over a period of nine years.

Innovative in its day, Betrayal unfolds, not in chronological order but for the most part, in reverse and revolves around Emma, who’s married to Robert but having an affair with his long-time friend Jerry, who in turn is married to Judith….

Written by Harold Pinter in 1978, Betrayal received its world premiere at the National Theatre. Directed by Peter Hall and starring Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton, it went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 1983, the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film adaptation was directed by David Jones and starred Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.

It was last seen in the West End – at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter) – in 2011 and starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Douglas Henshall and Ben Miles.

Hiddleston is well known for playing Loki in Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok and Jonathan Pine in the highly successful BBC 1 series The Night Manager. His theatre work includes Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse), Kingdom of the Earth (Criterion Theatre) and The Children’s Monologues (The Old Vic).

Betrayal will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, whose Pinter at the Pinter Season continues until February 23, 2019.

Further casting for Betrayal will be announced in due course.