Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Betrayal Press Night (2019)

March 13, 2019: 

(This post is solely about the Press Night. You can read about the Betrayal Production here.) 

After nearly two weeks of previews, Betrayal officially opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox posed backstage after their performance! The cast had a lot to smile about afterwards because all the reviews I've read so far have given the play ★★★★★!!! 




Doesn't this picture look EXACTLY like what me and Butternut Gouache envisioned at ACE Arizona a full two months ago? 


They then got glammed up and headed to The Cafe In the Crypt for the Press Night after party! Seems like an appropriate place to celebrate a play called Betrayal. Hopefully they don't stay out too late because there's two performances tomorrow!  



Betrayal director Jamie Lloyd, and supporting cast member Eddie Arnold also joined in the festivities. 



Charlie you cheeky thing! 


Lolita Chakrabarti, Adrian Lester, Andrew Scott, and Rupert Graves were some of the famous faces there to also show their support for the show. 




Fashion: 

Here's a sentence that I hadn't expected to write any time soon - Tom Hiddleston is wearing GUCCI! Tom first debuted back in March 2017 at the Empire Awards. The last time we saw Tom in Gucci at an event was the Early Man premiere in January 2018. This is the third item that debuted and disappeared in 2017 to find it back into the 2019 rotation. Please let the Isaia coat be next! 



Tom has always dressed to impress at his Press Night events but this is the first time that he has gone sans tie. (Othello, Ivanov, and Coriolanus Press Nights)



No hateful commends about the floral tie. It's iconic - and you know Tom still has it tucked away somewhere. 



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Monday, March 11, 2019

Betrayal Stage Door (2019)

March 5, 2019 -: 

I have had a lot of requests and questions about what Tom Hiddleston has been wearing during the Stage Door signing after Betrayal. Who knew Tommy would turn this into his own personal fashion show? I honestly never expected Tom to do Stage Door. Not because he would say no - Tom always goes above and beyond for fans - but for security reasons. I just didn't think that the Harold Pinter Theatre could handle the massive crowds. But so far they seem to be up for the challenge. There was one major issue on opening night when a fan was knocked down in the rush out the door and need to go to the Emergency Room (or A&E as they refer to it over there). So if you are there - please always be mindful and respectful of the people around you. 

In keeping with the ethos of the blog, I will only be using photographs where Tom is clearly posing and/or aware that his picture is being taken. I know that there are several pictures and videos from people who have camped out by the building that show more detail but you won't find any of those here. Also, I have included a direct link for each picture. 

Tops:

 

John Smedley Lundy pullover in Midnight. A look we should all be very familiar with by now. Tom debuted this sweater in 2017 and definitely made this his "elegant highlight of an off-duty style." x x

Lundy, crafted from Extra Fine Merino Wool is the only crew neck in the icons range. Knitted in an adaptable 30 guage, Lundy is a staple men's crew neck jumper than can be worn all year round. Crafted in an adaptable standard fit; Lundy is a garment which can be worn independently as the elegant highlight of an off-duty style. 


John Smedley Crowford pullover in Rowan Red. A sumptuous fan favorite that disappeared from public view for almost turn years but has returned with a vengeance. It is no longer sold in the same colorway in but there is a very similar looking Bordeaux color available. x

Crowford is a chunky knit, crew neck jumper made from a blend of 90% Merino wool and 10% Imperial Kashmir, creating a sumptuous feel. The refined finishing of this piece exude quality whilst the standard fit creates a smart appearance whatever it's paired with. The heavy knit of this pullover, makes it perfect for the colder months.


Nike Therma Sphere Element Half-Zip Running Top. Leave it to Tom Hiddleston to debut something new that is really something old. If you think Tom has too many blue sweaters, just know that he has even more Nike pullovers. One of the key features of this top is the thumb holes and fold over mittens to keep your hands warm during those winter runs. Tom has always been a fan of the thumb hole! Tom's version is no longer in production (you can still find it on discount retail websites). Alas, you can older find this version on discount retailer websites because Nike has moved on the 2.0 version that does not have the thumbholes. x x

The Nike Therma Sphere Element Men's Half-Zip Running Top is built for cold days. It features a technical fabric with a casual look that helps keep you warm and comfortable throughout your run or where it leads you. Thumbholes at the cuffs and foldover mittens help keep your hands warm. Mock neck zips up to your chin for personalized comfort. The 1/2 zip design lets you customize coverage and airflow. A zippered pocked offers secure, low-profile storage for your small-item essentials. Dri-FIT technology helps you stay dry and comfortable. Reflective details help you stand out from the crowd. 


Coats: 


PS Paul Smith Dark Navy Wool-Cashmere Pea Coat. This coat was a part of the RADA Hamlet wardrobe provided by Selfridges. Tom Hiddleston has long been known to take an item or two home with him after a production has wrapped. It seems fitting for him to continue to wear it after his latest stage show. x


Made from a warm wool and cashmere-blend cloth, this double-breasted dark navy pea coat features two jetted pockets and two-flap pockets on the front. Complete with dark horn buttons, this coat is finished with a convertible collar - with an additional strap and button fastenings at the neck, and Melton wool collar lining. 


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Betrayal at the Pinter (2019)

March 5, 2019: 

111 Days after Tom Hiddleston posted a cryptic teaser video on his Twitter page and exactly one month after rehearsals began - Betrayal finally debuted at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London. The cast is scheduled for exactly 100 shows over 12 weeks running March 5 - June 1, 2019. With a seating capacity of nearly 800 per night, this will be the most accessible theatre production that Tom Hiddleston has ever done in his career. More people will see Betrayal in the opening week than saw RADA Hamlet period. Within three weeks, more people will have seen Betrayal than saw Coriolanus on stage. 

Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (Robert) stars alongside Zawe Ashton (Emma) and Charlie Cox (Jerry) in the Jamie Lloyd Company's revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal. With poetic precision, rich humour and extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. - Pinter at the Pinter


  


You can view a full gallery of images here. Tom was the first cast member announced, but we actually have Zawe to thank for the play coming together. After they performed a scene from Betrayal during the Happy Birthday, Harold Gala in October 2018 she lobbied the producers to make it happen for real: 


"We had about 15 minutes rehearsal. we had such a lovely time and people kept coming up afterwards asking if we were in rehearsals. That was never the plan but by the end of the night, I was asking the producers, 'Why aren't we doing this? Should we be doing this?'"


Tom and Zawe also performed together during the Dickens vs Tolstoy debate that same month. They managed to do something I always thought was impossible - make Tolstoy funny. Charlie Cox was the final Pinter Puzzle piece. Tom and Charlie met while doing the audition circuit in London early in their careers. 


This was not the first time these three actors have worked together. In 2010, they were all a part of Dramatic Need's inaugural The Children's Monologues. Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox both performed on stage, and Zawe Ashton served as one of the writers. 


Back in 2016, Tom said that he wanted variety, to "push (himself) into new territory, be out of (his) comfort zone" and was waiting to "find what's unexpected". The character of Robert in Betrayal definitely ticks all those boxes for him because it is worlds away from most of Tom's other work. Robert is a husband, a father, a friend. He works as a book publisher. He doesn't have any extraordinary abilities. He doesn't have any kind of title. He isn't a soldier. He isn't facing any type of extreme life-or-death situation. You would have to go all the way back to Tom Hiddleston's work with Joanna Hogg to find a character who is just a normal person dealing with every day issues.

But just because the play is normal does not mean that it is easy. Even for veteran actors Pinter is a difficult playwright to perform with his famous pauses, limited dialogue, and hidden emotions. Tom Hiddleston once said that "theatre is an artform that thrives on words and language" and that "you can't be silent for long because within that silence the play will die". But during his interview at ACE Comic Con, Tom seemed excited about the challenge of exploring the untold story within the story. 


Betrayal is about a triangle of three very intimate, complex relationships. It's a masterpiece... in lots of ways it's about intimacy and the things we do to avoid it, and also the things we do because we crave and need it. It's a very deep play. There's a lot going on beneath the surface. What will be really interesting is excavating that - the things that are not said, the things that are felt inside but are never said. I think there's a tension between the external and the internal. 

Based on the rave reviews that the play has received I'm gonna say Tom managed just fine! When I spoke to Christopher McGill after the teaser video was released he said that we should expect something different from Jamie Lloyd's direction of the play. There are definitely some key changes such as the children being featured and the time period. All of the actors stayed on stage for the entire performance, even for scenes in which they were not featured. For Tom, Jamie made Robert more emotional - both outward and inwardly. His character is still an a**hole though. I have seen a lot of praise for the minimalist set and rotating stage designed by Soutra Gilmour as well. 


In Interview Magazine, Tom Hiddleston credited Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize speech as one of the inspirations for the charity work he does. In that regard don't forget to enter the Comic Relief raffle to win a chance to see Betrayal and meet with Tom Hiddleston after the show. If you have a few thousand ££££££££s laying around you can also bid outright for the opportunity. 






Fashion: 

The biggest fashion question I had going into the play was will they keep the 70s time period? Tom previously wore 70s era clothing in High-Rise and Kong: Skull Island. I had emailed the costume designer, looked at archive images from past Betrayal productions, researched 70s fashion etc. And then I got to rip all that up because Tom Hiddleston is performing in his finest Tom Hiddleston era clothing. 



I know it looks the same but Tom is wearing a completely different out during the production than what we saw in rehearsals. In a well planned call back - Tom Hiddleston is wearing the same Alexander McQueen suit that he wore to the Happy Birthday, Harold Gala and for the Betrayal Teaser video. He is also wearing the John Smedley Lundy pullover. 



And the Betrayal in Betrayal runs deeps, because Charlie Cox sports a similar pair of Tom's favorite grey chelsea boots on stage. 













Pictures by Marc Brennar and Charlie Gray

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Comic Relief: Prizeathon (2019)

February 20, 2019: 

In the lead up to Red Nose Day 2019, Comic Relief has opened their annual Prize-A-Thon raffle. Red Nose Day is March 15 in the UK and May 23 in the US. Through their Red Nose Day activities and fundraisers, Comic Relief has raised more than £1,000,000,000 to help in poverty around the world. 

One of the Prize-A-Thon prizes, is a chance to meet Tom Hiddleston and watch his play Betrayal in London on May 27, 2019. 

Your chance to hang out with Tom Hiddleston in the flesh *faints* - and tickets to watch his incredible performance in the sold out West End hit play, Betrayal.
Tom Hiddleston would like to invite you to the sold-out production of Betrayal by Harold Pinter on the 27 May. You’ll be met at the theatre, treated like a star, and taken to the exclusive Ambassador Lounge for pre-show drinks. You’ll then be given two precious house seats to watch one of the most anticipated shows of the year. When the show is over, you'll join the star of the show, Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner, Tom Hiddleston for drinks and snacks in the bar. The hottest ticket in town – followed by some private time with the star of the show. You will be hard pushed to find a more sensational night out in London’s glittering West End.


Each entry is £10. Or you can also enter for free by writing in (details in the link). The last day to enter is March 31, 2019 and the winner will be notified on April 15, 2019. *Travel and hotel accommodations are not included so if you are outside of London you will have to arrange that on your own. 

If you don't like your odds in the raffle (and you have a few extra thousand of £££££££s laying around), you can also bid outright for this opportunity in the Red Nose Day Auction

On February 27, Tom Hiddleston recorded a video tease for the competition. Please be nice. 



For those wondering: No, this video was *not* filmed inside of Tom's house. This was recorded at Richard Curtis and Emma Freud's house where they had a Red Nose Day Dinner on February 26th. Richard Curtis co-founded Comic Relief in 1985 and Emma serves as Director of Red Nose Day. Emma shared the video this morning. Tom also posed with his friend John Macmillan and actor Tom Moutchi.  


Tom Hiddleston previously participated in the Red Nose Day 2015 activities... Sadly, he still hasn't worn the Red Nose. 


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kong: Skull Island Press Conference in Vietnam

February 21, 2016: 

The cast of Kong: Skull Island received a royal welcome when they arrived in Vietnam. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts sat down for a press conference at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel to announce their plans to film in the country and promote local tourism. The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, and executive producer, Alex Garcia, were also on stage. 




It was announced that Kong: Skull Island would spend five weeks filming at several different locations throughout Northern Vietnam. 


"...What viewers want to see when they go to the cinema are new and original landscapes and scenery, so we had to travel the world to offer them new experiences. We came to Vietnam during the process and were immediately stunned by the surreal beauty of your country, from the mountains to the vistas of everywhere we set foot on. We believe movie fans in the U.S. would wonder in awe as to where this beautiful place is." - Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 



Tom Hiddleston arrived later than the rest of the cast because he was at Berlinale promoting The Night Manager. He went to the press conference straight from the airport. 



The late arrival didn't stop Tom was taking time to learn a few phrases in Vietnamese so he could greet the audience in their native language. 



Tom was told the crowd that he was excited to not be playing the villain in this movie. 

"I have always wanted to challenge myself in different roles. I will try my best to play out this one. Unlike my previous roles, the character I play in Kong is a protagonist. I became an actor because I loved trying out new personalities and experience new genres. There's something very unique about my character in this movie, so I will try to do him justice." 


Tom also revealed that he had applied for a VISA to travel to Vietnam when he was a student at Cambridge, but then he landed his first major acting role. 

"Right from the age of 19, when I was a university student I was very eager to come to Vietnam, and got a visa to come here. But because the schedule coincided at the time of my first professional role. I had to concentrate on my career. Now, I have been in Vietnam and can enjoy it in the best way."  



Samuel L. Jackson shared a selfie of the main trio ahead of the event. 





Fashion: 

Tom Hiddleston wore his Reiss Porto coat, Ralph Lauren button-up, and Tissot Couturier black strap watch ($281). 



Also, Vietnam was the first time HiddlesFashion was in the press. As you can see - there have been a lot of improvements to the page since then! 



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