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Recently reviewed in The Week: Betrayal.

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    Rated 4/4 stars in The Week's review (23 March issue), tickets are selling fast to this popular play so be sure to buy yours today. Read our full review below. 

    Director: Jamie Lloyd
    Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1. Until 1 June.
    Running time: 1hrs 30mins

    ⋆⋆⋆⋆ (Rated out of 4)

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    Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season has been a “triumph”, said Ann Treneman in The Times. The acclaimed young director has staged all the late playwright’s short works over the course of six months and now, as a final treat, he gives us a stripped-back staging of Pinter’s adultery drama Betrayal. It “oozes confidence and style” – and has a brilliant turn from Tom Hiddleston as the publisher Robert, a figure of “panther-like stealth and alertness”.

    Famously, Betrayal starts with the end of an affair – a bittersweet meet-up in a pub – and moves back in time to the first heady kiss (between Robert’s wife, Emma, and his best friend, Jerry) said Sarah Hemming in the FT. As we spool backwards, the playwright plays clever games with dramatic irony, and we begin to realise the different layers of betrayal involved. On the page, it’s mostly a series of two-handed scenes. But in Lloyd’s “beautifully calibrated, dance-like” staging, the “duets become trios” in which each pairing is haunted by the shadowy presence onstage of the third party. It’s an excellent device, said Michael Billington in The Guardian: it reminds us of the “molten intimacy” of the three characters, and heightens the fact that the play is about the “labyrinthine nature of betrayal”. And the stripped-back staging – there’s little more than a couple of chairs onstage – puts an intense focus on the play’s psychological intricacy, and the acting.

    And what fine acting it is, said Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph. As Robert, Hiddleston “doesn’t merely suggest the noxious, torturing impact of that word, betrayal, he seems to carry it in his bloodstream”, with a “hypnotic sensitivity”. It’s a remarkable performance, and one that suggests he has “the theatrical acting chops to head up there among the greats”. As Emma, Zawe Ashton could be more enigmatic and less brittle, but she catches well the character’s ache and discontent. And Charlie Cox is superb as the jocular best mate, with “cat-that-got-the-cream smiles and an awful sheepishness as it dawns on him that the others have played him for a fool”.

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