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published on   November 17, 2018  filed in Articles / Betrayal / Clips / Media Alerts / News & Rumors / Theatre / Videos Like 

It all started on Wednesday afternoon, when Tom Hiddleston tweeted a minute-long wordless video to his 3.5 million followers. In it, the star of The Night Manager, strolls into focus in the Leake Street Arches underneath Waterloo station. Bearded, hair pushed back like a sexy professor, wearing suit but no tie, he looked at the camera with undigested sadness. Then the word “Betrayal” filled the screen. More from The Telegraph:

Tom Hiddleston is to return to the London stage in a new production of Betrayal, considered one of Harold Pinter’s greatest plays.

Hiddleston was a hugely accomplished stage actor before making his name in Hollywood as Loki in the Marvel comic book films, and on television in the BBC’s The Night Manager.

On Thursday, 40 years after the first performances of the play at the National Theatre, the Jamie Lloyd Company announced Betrayal would run from March to June next year.

It will be the culmination of Lloyd’s successful Pinter at the Pinter season, which has seen all of the playwright’s one-act plays performed at the theatre which bears his name, marking the tenth anniversary of his death. Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, David Suchet, Jane Horrocks, Danny Dyer and Lee Evans are among the actors who have taken part.

Betrayal tells the story of two married couples and a seven-year extramarital affair and is inspired by Pinter’s affair with Joan Bakewell in the 1960s, while he was still married to Vivien Merchant and she to Michael Bakewell.

Hiddleston will play Robert, a role first played by Daniel Massey. Hiddleston said: “Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter season is terrific and I am so pleased that he’s asked me to be part of it.

Pinter, awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 2005, is regarded as one of the finest, most influential and most provocative dramatists of his generation. The word Pinteresque – long pauses, hidden menace – even appears in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Hiddleston was last in the West End proper playing Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013 to 2014. Last September he was directed in Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh for three weeks only at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh theatre. It raised money for Rada.

The Guardian’s critic Michael Billington, one of the few to see Hiddleston’s performance, praised the actor’s “ability to combine a sweet sadness with an incandescent fury. He suggests a fierce intellect gnawed by intense melancholy and yet subject to bouts of intemperate rage.

 



published on   February 21, 2014  filed in Articles / Coriolanus / Media Alerts / Previews & Trailers / Theatre Like 

Internationally recognized screen superstar and stalwart stage actor Tom Hiddleston returns to the Donmar Warehouse with the hotly anticipated new production of William Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS and a new trailer has just been released.

The official synopsis of CORIOLANUS as per the Donmar Warehouse is as follows: “When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.”

Of note, CORIOLANUS was filmed and broadcast as part of National Theatre Live on January 30, 2014.

Hiddleston previously starred in Shakespeare’s OTHELLO and CYMBELINE onstage, as well as in BBC’s THE HOLLOW CROWN film series last year, portraying Prince Hal in HENRY IV Parts 1 and 2 as well as HENRY V. Of note, THE HOLLOW CROWN continues tonight on PBS in the US.



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published on   January 30, 2014  filed in Coriolanus / Media Alerts / Theatre Like 





published on   January 16, 2014  filed in Articles / Coriolanus / Gallery / Ivanov / Othello / Photoshoots / Stills / Theatre Like 



An exclusive interview with Tom Hiddleston, famous as Loki in the Thor films and now wowing all with his Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

There is an electric atmosphere in the auditorium of the Donmar Warehouse – more befitting a rock concert than a Shakespearean tragedy – as the audience waits for a preview performance of Coriolanus to begin. Five years since he last appeared on this small stage as a little-known actor, Tom Hiddleston is returning as a bona fide film star.
At 32 Hiddleston has achieved the kind of success that most young actors can only dream of. His performance as Captain Nicholls in Steven Spielberg’s 2011 adaptation of the National Theatre’s War Horse was by far the film’s most memorable. But it is as Loki in Marvel Comics’ blockbusting Thor franchise that Hiddleston has generated an obsessive following.
When he made a surprise appearance in character at the international Comic-Con convention in San Diego last summer, some members of the hysterical 7,000-strong crowd actually knelt in worship. At last count, his Twitter following was approaching a million.
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published on   November 22, 2013  filed in Behinds / Coriolanus / Gallery / Interviews / Media Alerts / Previews & Trailers / Screen Captures / Theatre Like 

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.



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