The Hothouse by Harold Pinter at the Trafalgar Studios
Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Simon Russell Beale and John Simm star in a new revival of Harold Pinter’s tragicomedy The Hothouse. Jamie Lloyd follows his acclaimed production of Macbeth starring James McAvoy with this macabre play at the Trafalgar Studios for a limited season.
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.
The cast includes Simon Russell Beale, John Simm, Harry Melling, Clive Rowe, Christopher Timothy, John Heffernan and Indira Varma.
Theatre: Trafalgar Studios