The Hothouse

Trafalgar Studio One
West End

Cast includes Simon Russell Beale, John Simm It’s Christmas Day in a nameless state-run mental institution where the inmates are subjected to a tirade of mindless cruelty. A maniacal and self-obsessed leader breeds a contagion of hierarchical savagery amongst his staff, who thrive on a noxious diet of delusion and deceit. 'Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humour, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when it was written in the 50’s.'

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Harold Pinter
Jamie Lloyd
The Hothouse Schedule
Opening date: 
Saturday, 4 May, 2013
Saturday, 3 August, 2013
14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

Our Review

It is often claimed that Harold Pinter's early plays are full of menace. There is some truth in that, but here's one of his earliest with far more comedy than menace about it, even if it is set in an institution whose principal function appears to be to torture, or at least, subjugate its inmates.

'The Hothouse' was written in 1958, the same year that 'The Birthday Party' flopped when... Read more

Genre: Drama
Opened 18 July 2007
Written: by Harold Pinter
Directed: Ian Rickson
Produced: National Theatre
Cast: Leo Bill, Finbar Lynch, Stephen Moore, Paul Ritter, Lia Williams, Henry Woolfg (Polya), Rendah Heywood (Tsvetaeva), Stephanie Jacob (Akulina), Maggie McCarthy (Stepanida), Justine Mitchell (Elena)
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