Theatre Review: Pinter’s Betrayal

The conclusion of the Pinter at the Pinter series tackles his most famous play about three people, an affair and the lies and betrayals that go with it – review by Sabine “Bee” Koch

“With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order.”

Jamie Lloyd, the clever young director, ‘a wunderkind of London theatre’, strips the text down to the bones and the stage to a blank canvas with only two chairs, a fold up table and some minor props that let’s the actors shine.

The use of two rotating stage elements underscores the distances and relations between the characters as they move about even within the story telling. As does the fact, that the actors (almost) never leave the stage, even when their roles are not in a scene. Their looming presence – standing, sitting or slowly moving in the background – feed the text and what is said about them in their absence with an uncanny weight and another dimension.

This story is never just about the two people talking, but always about the triangle, you can’t escape the third part. All actors (Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox and Tom Hiddleston) were excellent, although I found the two men’s performances superior and Hiddleston in a class of his own. Tom’s portrayal of Robert is an enigmatic marvel that encompasses every emotion and his craftsmanship makes you see it all with ease – simply mesmerising!

Running Time: 90 minutes with no interval


Every Monday at 12pm, commencing 4th March, these exclusive £15 stalls seats will be available for purchase here – simply click ‘Join the Queue’ ahead of 12pm, to be randomly assigned a place in it when it opens.

These tickets are available exclusively to under-30’s, key workers and those receiving job seekers allowance – as part of the Jamie Lloyd Company’s commitment to audience development.