Take a Look Back at the Olivier-Winning U.K. Stage Career of Betrayal Star Tom Hiddleston
September 5th, 2019
by Josh Ferri
Tom Hiddleston makes his official Broadway September 5 when the hit Jamie Lloyd revival of Harold Pinter’s marital drama Betrayal opens at the Jacobs Theatre. Tom leads the production as Robert, a man who finds out his wife and best friend have been having a seven-year affair together.
The British actor is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers (and all their subsequent sequels) and his Golden Globe-winning star turn on TV’s The Night Manager, as well as the films Kong: Skull Island, War Horse, Midnight in Paris. But what fans might not realize is that Tom Hiddleston is an Olivier Award-winning stage actor with an impressive list of U.K. credits to his name. Scroll on as BroadwayBox takes a look back at these earlier Tom Hiddleston performances.
The Changeling, 2006
After completing his studies with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, 25-year-old Tom toured Europe as Alsemero in in Cheek by Jowl and the Barbican’s production of The Changeling.
Tom toured again in 2007 with Cheek by Jowl and the Barbican in their co-production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Tom played Posthumus / Cloten. For his performance, he won the Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play.
Next, Tom appeared alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. He played Cassio and was nominated for Best Newcomer in a Play for that performance as well.
Later in 2008, he co-starred again at Donmar Warehouse in their production of Chekhov’s Ivanov. He played Eugene Lvov opposite the great Kenneth Branagh. It would be Branagh who cast Tom as Loki when he directed the film Thor.
The Children’s Monologues, 2010
He took the stage at the Old Vic for one night only in 2010 to appear in Danny Boyle’s The Children’s Monologues. Tom was one of many celebrities who performed monologues adapted from first-hand experiences of children in South Africa. His was about a child who got an orange on her birthday.
The Kingdom of the Earth, 2012
Tom performed Tennesee Williams' The Kingdom of the Earth as part of the Stories Before Bedtime series at the Criterion-Theatre. He played Chicken.
His proper stage return came in 2013 when Tom starred as the title character in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. The production was preserved and broadcast in theatres worldwide.
When Hiddleston and director Kenneth Branagh reunited for a three-week run of Hamlet at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, tickets were so hard to come by they were given out by lottery.
Tom returned to the West End in this current production of Betrayal. The revival first played the Harold Pinter Theatre earlier this year before transferring to Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre, where it will run through December 8, 2019.