The Hothouse with Beale & Simm at Trafalgar Studios
The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and starring Simon Russell Beale (Roote), John Simm (Gibbs), opens at the Trafalgar Studios 1 theatre, on 9 May 2013, following previews from 4 May - running to 3 Aug 2013.
It is the second of 4 productions as part of Trafalgar Transformed - 'a season of politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall, accompanied by a festival of platform events, discussions and readings.' The first production Macbeth with James McAvoy , is sold out for its run to 27 April.
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.'
Simon Russell Beale was recently on stage in Privates on Parade at the Noel Coward Theatre. Other stage credits include The Seagull and The Tempest for the RSC, for the National Theatre; Hamlet, Humble Boy (also in the West End), Jumpers (also in the West End and on Broadway), Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, London Assurance, Collaborators and Timon of Athens. Simon’s stage credits for the Donmar Warehouse include Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night. Further theatre credits include Spamalot at the Palace Theatre/Broadway, The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard at the Old Vic and Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre.
John Simm’s stage credits include Speaking In Tongues at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Elling at the Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, Danny Rule at the Royal Court. John’s film credits include Everyday, Tuesday, Brothers of the Head, 24 Hour Party People, Wonderland, Human Traffic, Boston Kickout and Understanding Jane. On television, John’s credits include The Village, Mad Dogs, Exile, Doctor Who, The Devil’s Whore, Life on Mars, Blue/Orange, Sex Traffic, State of Play, Crime and Punishment, The Lakes and Cracker.