Tom Hiddleston might have given a ‘Betrayal’ theater-goer a Big O during the play

ATW Say Yes To Artist Gala  - Arrivals.

Here are some photos of Tom Hiddleston at the American Theatre Wing’s Say Yes To Artist Gala, which was held last night at Cipriani’s. Tom has obviously been in New York all summer, preparing and rehearsing Betrayal, which has been transferred from the London stage to Broadway. For all of the Betrayal events, Tom has been looking well put together, in his usual impeccable suits. Last night’s monochromatic look made him look like a gangster wannabe though. I have no idea what this is about.

Anyway, he’s doing Betrayal on Broadway and much like the London production, this Broadway production is wildly successful. Tom’s fans – whom I call Dragonflies – have been making the trek to see him in person. And while they’re there, they want to ENJOY the show. Sometimes they enjoy it too much:

Tom Hiddleston got the big ovation. An audience member at “Betrayal” on Broadway, which the “Night Manager” actor is starring in, was moved to tears, moans and spasms of ecstasy Wednesday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. A commenter on the All That Chat message board revealed that a person in their row at the performance, a well-dressed “young woman in her thirties,” felt the Harold Pinter play deeply — and she wasn’t Loki about it.

“My companion could feel a rhythmic banging against his armrest, punctuated by occasional low moans and giggles,” the unwitting voyeur said. “[It] got faster and faster until there was one slightly louder ‘Ha’, and she resumed her normal seat position, put her head back and closed her eyes.”

Close to the sexy infidelity drama’s climax, when Hiddleston walked downstage and passionately kissed co-star Zawe Ashton, the panting woman kicked off Round 2, again adjusting in her seat, furiously pounding her armrest, letting out a “Ha” and dozing off. “Betrayal” was good for her; she enthusiastically applauded at the end, and quickly exited, perhaps to light a cigarette.

Still catching his breath, show spokesman Rick Miramontez had no comment. “The show was really wonderful and the cast first-rate,” added the poster, who said this is the strangest behavior they’ve seen in 55 years of theater-going. “But you might want to avoid seat B-3.”

[From Page Six]

I would be so mad if I bought a ticket to a Broadway play and someone seated close to me was doing any of that. I mean… control yourselves, Dragonflies. It’s fine to get super-excited to see Tom Hiddleston. But save the energy for when you get back home, or back to your hotel. Anyway, I’m sort of wondering if this is actually real, or if this is maybe some kind of Dragonfly Stunt, some fakery on a message board, possibly to get Tom’s attention.

ATW Say Yes To Artist Gala  - Arrivals.

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  1. Gina says:

    His hair looks greasy and disgusting.

    Is this story is true his fans are pretty gross and embarrassing too.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      IF this is true, does this woman really think Hiddles will ask the BO: “WHO was that woman in seat B-3?? FIND OUT AND GET ME HER NAME AND NUMBER!!”

      JUST GROSS! YUCK!

      • Lightpurple says:

        It’s possible that she just got herself banned from the theater. If the theater gets the seat number from the person reporting it and she purchased the ticket with a credit card, they can block her from purchasing by credit card. And they will make her name known to the box office people, security and ushers so she won’t get admitted if she tries to pay cash. My guess is that this pervert is already known to the theater people and this will give them the opportunity to get rid of her.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Good point, Lightpurple! I doubt theatres really “clean” the seats often, if at all (other than to dust it off on the odd occasion). I sure wouldn’t want to *knowingly* sit in that seat after. And while I know a lot worse happens in movie theatres, what I don’t know (specifically) won’t hurt me! Lol

      • Marianne says:

        @Lightpurple : Nevermind being banned….she could be arrested for that.

      • Lightpurple says:

        @Marianne, somebody would have to be willing to testify for that to happen. The theater doesn’t have to meet the evidentiary standard

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      You mean THIS fan was gross and embarrassing. Which she most certainly was. But as a Hiddles fan I dont care to be generalized as “gross and embarrassing” because one weirdo did something weird. Thanks.

      • DaisySharp says:

        Really! I have tickets for this for early November, and I won’t be doing this that is for sure! I would also pull a real Becky and ask to speak to the manager if anyone near me did!

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @DaisySharp I have tickets in November as well and if I see this happening I’m going to pull “angry black woman” and that’s not something they want to experience. Trust.

    • lucylee says:

      Gina, one idiot does not a fandom make. Don’t tar everyone with the same brush please.

    • Ok says:

      He had always looked rather gross to me. Not entirely sure what people see there.

  2. Cee says:

    Ew. Just ew.

  3. deezee says:

    That’s gross and I would be super angry to have that happen near me. Do you know how expensive Broadway tickets are these days!?!? I’m super poor after buying Music Man with Hugh Jackman tix this weekend.

    • Rita says:

      Huge theater for Betrayal so $25 tickets often available. Cheap enough for an exhibitionist or shameless troll to splurge on.

      What could another audience member do? No intermission.

      • Lightpurple says:

        The Jacobs only seats 1,000 people. That’s small by theater standards. It depends where you are sitting. The second row, where this happened, would be difficult to summon an usher but elsewhere in the theater is different and ushers are supposed to be “show watching,” which means watching the audience for bad behavior. If this happened where I was, I could have easily gotten an usher.

      • rita says:

        Lightpurple — read your reply and totally bow to your extensive knowledge. Still, during the play, apprehending her would have shattered mood and concentration even more. [Btw, I think she was acting as much as the people on stage.]

  4. L84Tea says:

    Ew. What did I just read?? Ewww.

  5. Nanea says:

    There was a Twitter thread last night (user heyadamroberts), and someone confirmed it. Hopefully Tom’s management is able to shield him from stuff like that, but after it appeared on Page 6, I’m sure people in the theater will “tease” him about it.

    To get that image out of my mind, I watched Tom on Colbert doing a little Hamlet with Stephen, and it will never be the same again for me!

    Oh, and Zawe was at the same event at Cipriani’s last night, looking very good in black and gold – but she went with the shiny dress motif again.
    (shout-out to Lightpurple)

    • Lightpurple says:

      She likes shiny.

    • The Recluse says:

      He was so charming on Colbert, wasn’t he? Enjoyed his relaxed, comedic interaction.

    • kerwood says:

      I wonder how Zawe enjoys being under the microscope thanks to her association (relationship?) with Hiddleston. I only knew her because she was an actress and now people are talking about her private life and discussing what she wears.

      If I were her, I’d run a mile.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I do find it interesting that there is practically zero shots of her there, let alone with him. Like they made a conscious effort not to for whatever reason.
      It must be horrible to have your personal life under scrutiny, either way, for both of them. Like you can’t attend an event with a coworker now because the press will view it as confirmation.
      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    • Chameleon says:

      I saw him on Colbert last night, he seemed a little nervous at first, but ego intact when audience went crazy…should have been more about the play and less about Loki, hated the blue monochromatic look, who dressed him? She also has terrible taste in clothes – I wonder how he would dress if all of these designer suits were not given to him to wear. Hopefully their dating rumors are just that, because Deadline reported the show was still trying to raise money thru the previews! No PR other than the show and performances matter.

  6. Nikki says:

    I honestly wonder how Tom must feel about all of…this. He must be super embarrassed. I’m trying to put myself in his position…as a professional actor, just wanting to be low-key (pun intended), and hearing about stories like this after my play…UGH.

  7. Slowsnow says:

    I just… I mean, this is just wow. How can that even? What about th people right next to…
    Oh god almighty.

  8. Lightpurple says:

    I would have taken over the armrest. There is simply no excuse for such behavior.

    I threatened to pull a Patti Lupone on the woman in front of me if she didn’t put her damn phone away during the performance after she said she planned to record the whole play. I didn’t pay money and travel for hours to watch a play through someone else’s phone. She was stunned when I summoned the usher doing the phone check because she had simply flipped her phone over on her leg so the light didn’t show instead of turning it off and putting it away.

    Anyway, he was on Colbert last night for a delightful interview. And he needs to stop playing with his hair. It starts out nice and clean and fluffy and then he plays with it.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Its 100% totally unacceptable, not funny and she should have been arrested.
      I’m mortified for everyone around her and the cast who have this story out there now. Jesus….

    • Gail says:

      Good for you! I once notified an usher about a group of teenage girls sitting behind me during a performance of Les Mis, as they thought it was completely appropriate to sing along to the songs and then talk throughout the dialogue. I apologized to the usher about complaining and she said, “Don’t be. This is why we are here!” and then marched right over to that group and let them have it. The second act was much more enjoyable!

      • Lightpurple says:

        And if the usher doesn’t do something, ask for the Head or Chief Usher. One of my sisters ushers the theaters in Boston. Oftentimes, the act will set its own rules (phones, pictures v no phones, no pictures) but there are fairly standardized rules. Phones off during a play; no lights of any sort during a dance performance; phones & devices might even be pouched for a comedy act.

  9. I think he looks fantastic…. and that’s all I can find nice to say. 😳

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Im flying to NYC to see this November and if ANYBODY near me starts doing something this gross there will be a problem. I spent way too much money to have to be around that.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Man, people are weird.

  12. teehee says:

    Well lets be correct in the title: she gave herself something, Tom isnt guilty of her bad (and potentially illegal) behavior.
    I don’t think its right by anyone, in any public space.
    Nobody wants to have anything to do with it.

  13. Betsy says:

    That is so freaking disgusting. PeeWee Herman was vilified for doing the same thing – only he had the good grace to be doing it in an X rated theater. No one should be forced to be involved in someone else’s masturbatory activities. I sure hope this woman is fined or arrested. Society has fallen far enough in these horrible Trumpian times.

    Also this guy is so unattractive. Bleh.

  14. Darkladi says:

    I would be super upset. This is gross and I am embarrassed for this woman who confused real life with 9 1/2 Weeks.

  15. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I just can’t with people anymore. Gross.

  16. Og says:

    I’m very disgusted by the reactions to this story on social media and the news, which all seem to take an at least partially lighthearted tone.

    What she did was engage in sexual acts next to non-consenting strangers. She also behaved sexually towards an individual who was trying to do their job.

    Imagine if a man was sitting in a cafe, watching a Waitress and palming himself through his jeans. I somehow doubt the people making “lol save it for the bathroom” and similar comments would think about joking in that situation.

    And yes, I know, power dynamics. But the point remaons that a sexual offence is a sexual offence, and the witnesses and Tom have every right to feel mortified, violated or humiliated.

    • Snowslow says:

      No, it is a sexual offense. I was in Paris this week-end ant took the subway late. The carriage was empty and this men sits next to me and starts doing something weird in his crotch area.
      When I left he followed me into the street where I turned back, looked straight at him and ou of sheer luck I guess, made him stop on his tracks.
      This is not so different after all. albeit in a crowded room full of people. She inflicted on others the vision/awareness of her pleasuring herself without their consent.
      This can be seen as a fantasy but it is a fantasy and nothing more. Doing it is real and offence in my opinion.
      I thought the same thing: what if this was a guy?

      • DaisySharp says:

        I agree and she should have been arrested. And now that this has been reported, it will become a thing, so they better arrest the next one or they are going to have a big problem on their hands. That is until 11/8 when I am going, and you can be damn sure this won’t go on that night. I make scenes. Not a problem.

    • Jb says:

      OG just posted the same below…this isn’t.a quirky story this is vile behavior! A pervert is a pervert and this woman should have been arrested

    • Marianne says:

      Yeah…Chris Pratt commented and was like “What a great review”…and its no its gross and uncomfotable. For the actors, the staff and the audience.

  17. kerwood says:

    Fandom has really gotten out of control. It’s one thing for these sad women to live their fantasies out in their own homes. But to act it out in public?

    If a man did this, it wouldn’t be considered funny. It would be considered public indecency and he would have been arrested.

  18. Charfromdarock says:

    Whaaat did I just read? This has to be a joke right?

  19. Chef Grace says:

    Selfish twat. Just beyond belief.
    Now about that suit;
    LOVE IT. He looks great in it.

  20. Tulip says:

    Just slightly off topic…maybe it was Zawe Ashton that thrilled her.

    Also…there are hands free vibrators, she had no excuse to bang on the shared armrest. (Tongue in cheek)

    In any case, courtesy to the other audience members who also paid good money for tickets, people. And, yes, respect to the actors at work. You *can* hold yourself together until you get to…even the bathroom for goodness sake!

  21. AG-UK says:

    lordy I saw it here but I don’t know about all of that. I did nod off once (:

  22. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m really not a prude. I so swear y’all. But that’s revolting if true. Another reason why I love staying home so very much lol. NasTAY.

    • Starkiller says:

      Nothing prudish about being revolted by public masturbation, and it is revolting, despite what gender engages in it.

  23. Jb says:

    If true the cops should have been called. If a man did this I’d call whoever and get them arrested and taken away. This isn’t funny or cute it’s obscene and not something you do in a public place where ppl are confined with you. Seriously if a man pleasuring himself in public is unlawful so should this be. Nasty AF

  24. Case says:

    I mean…maybe this person has a mental illness or something? I’d hope this isn’t just a typical fan pulling this. Regardless, it sounds wildly inappropriate and kinda illegal, akin to public indecency or something. IDK. Weird all around.

    • Og says:

      “kinda” illegal
      “akin” to public indecency.

      No, it IS illegal (or at least should be) and IS indecency. Also potentially sexual harassment of those around her and no doubt humiliating for Tom that his Broadway debut has been overrun by stories of wildly inappropriate fans telling him they’re strippers for a reaction or acting like sex offenders over his work.

  25. Athyrmose says:

    People doing this, licking grocery items, and urinating on produce. Great. Way to go, civilization.

  26. lucylee says:

    Would be good if the adjacent members of the audience reported it to the box office so she could be identified and charged with public indecency

  27. Andrea says:

    I am front row in October but thankfully this is not my seat number!

    I question whether his realationship with his costar is real. Even with Fassy and Vikander we saw pics of them together.

    • kerwood says:

      What difference does it make? That’s his private life (hers too). All he owes the public (even the most devoted fan) is a good performance. Whatever he does when he’s not on stage or on camera is his own business.

  28. girl_ninja says:

    Nasty and disrespectful. Another reason to be wary where you sit in public places.

  29. Rikki says:

    Could have been a person with a mental disorder though? I have experienced something similar to this, twice at the theatre and once at the cinema. The latter was when I went to see Avengers Endgame and it happened during the scene where a certain beloved character dies. Suddenly and woman started moaning REALLY loudly and rocking back and forth in her chair, and everyone of course started laughing, but she just kept going and going until the scene ended. Turned out it was someone with a mental disorder and because she had been so overwhelmed with emotion she could not control the noises she was making. So maybe this story is something similar? Otherwise it is just disturbing and I hope the woman gets banned from the theatre.

    • Og says:

      All of you saying “maybe she’s mentally ill” wouldn’t be saying that if it was a guy and an actress.

      • Gorgonia says:

        This! Women shouldn’t have the “mentally ill pass” when they act gross and indecent.

      • Rikki says:

        Well I genuinely though that maybe she was mentally ill and they had just misinterpreted her noises and reactions to the play. I think I was just confused about the whole masturbated-on-an-armrest-thing and had a bit of difficulty visualising how the heck she would have done that – not to mention how she could have done it without the whole theatre noticing. But after reading the full firsthand account of what happened, I can see now that it’s very unlikely that her behaviour was misinterpreted.

  30. Valerie says:

    Barring mental health issues, this kind of behaviour is really gross. If she’s doing this on purpose, without regard for anyone around her, she should be charged.

  31. Kyla says:

    I saw the play when it was in previews. I had no opinion on Tom Hiddleston beforehand. I only knew him from the Avengers and having a pretty devoted fan base. The play was excellent and he was terrific in it. At the end, I did actually think, “ok, I get it – he’s charismatic and a great actor, and he’s got a deceptively great body”.

    I agree with everyone else above that the fan’s behaviour was gross, indecent and incredibly rude to fellow theatre goers. She should be banned from future performances.

  32. SM says:

    I would call security on that shameless horny bitch. Gross

  33. virginfangirls says:

    I think guys, generally speaking, aren’t as grossed out over anyone masturbating in public, be in male or female. But us females, at least most of us, have more class and find it thoroughly revolting. I wish she does get caught and arrested.

    On another note, Tom looked so handsome all in blue, with all his curls.

  34. maxine ducamp says:

    Chiming in late. So I agree Tom is gorgeous, Colbert was fun but the interview ran a bit shorter than expected (I did love the broken sword during Coriolanus story) and I had hoped for a bit more about Betrayal but that play isn’t really US talk show banter material.

    On to the main topic and before I start I just want to say that 1) I in NO WAY condone what is speculated the person in B-3 did or even being a general distracting annoyance at the theatre and 2) of the 3 actors on stage, I’m sure Tom has the craziest fandom. With that said, who’s to say it wasn’t Charlie or Zawe that she was fantasizing over? There is no report that she yelled out “Oh, Tom” at the crucial moment? I mean I’m partially kidding but facts matter.

    Which brings me to the actual account. After reading the incredible headline, I went and read the whole forum thread. I’m on the side that something happened and it may very well be what we all think happened but even the person who originally posted about this stated in another post further down thread was that one of the reasons why they didn’t contact an usher was that they couldn’t be 100% sure that the woman in B-3 was masturbating. And the other is that they didn’t want to create an even bigger disturbance for the actor.

    For those going to see Betrayal, I saw a midweek matinee recently and it was mostly full of retirees (I think this production is brilliant and had already seen it in London). I’m oldish (not retirement old but closer to that than college) and man–everyone complains about millenials–but 9 times out of 10, when I’ve been to a play and someone’s phone goes off, it’s always someone over 65-85, who first has trouble even locating the phone and then can’t turn it off. They talk during movies, fall asleep, etc. OTOH, the tend not to be thirsy and running toward the stage door, so … Anyway, midweek matinee there is no SD, one phone went off, multiple people coughing but there was seriously one poor soul who sounded like they were coughing up a lung for at least 30 miutes. It is a very quiet play. You hear everything. Be warned.

  35. maxine ducamp says:

    “Anyway, I’m sort of wondering if this is actually real, or if this is maybe some kind of Dragonfly Stunt, some fakery on a message board, possibly to get Tom’s attention.”

    Call me naive but I tend to believe that this was a real post, otherwise, it was a very random old school Broadway chat board. If someone wanted to get Tom’s attention and/or cause drama, why not just post it on twitter?