A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop of corruption, . The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, Hampstead Theatre, 24 April , transfer In I re-read The Hothouse and decided it was worth presenting on the stage. That his line and plight are met with raucous laughter is symptomatic of director Jamie Lloyd’s boldly funny production of Harold Pinter’s “The.

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And a man died! Written inThe Hothouse was first performed at London’s Hampstead Theatre in Aprilin a production directed by Pinter himself.

Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’

Of course, I knew Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and so on, but in I don’t think there was general knowledge that these things were being refined, as they are to this day. Always poor people pay the bill instead of the real criminals. It is recommended that everyone gets a hold of this book.

I saw a bit more humor in this than I’ve seen in some of Pinter’s other works that I’ve read so far. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use hothouee Privacy Policy. John Simm, however, is flawless as the conniving Gibbs suggesting the perennial company man, even down to the pens in his breast pocket, with all the instincts of a serpent.


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The Hothouse

Jan 20, Reshov rated it really liked it. I find reading for class is kind of rushed anyway.

The professionalism and even sanity of the institution’s director, Roote, are undermined by hothluse subordinates: Stark, bleak and recommended. A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop of corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude.

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Seeing this play performed by Trinity Rep in a production that went to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony helped hook me on theatre for life. Ppinter books are characterised by dark humour and eerie satire which instantly grip you. It is also good, in Lloyd’s production, to see Pinter played with such zip and zest. Winston Duke has had quite a year. May 05, Leonard rated it liked it. For “Contents”see typed list at HaroldPinter.

Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’ – Variety

It was funny and frightening, and the tension never let up. Open Preview See a Problem? His best-known plays include The Birthday PartyThe CaretakerThe Homecomingand Betrayaleach of which he adapted to film. It is a dark comedy set in a state-run mental hospital where patients are referred to strictly by numbers and, we soon infer, are not well treated. Retrieved 31 March This was pretty cool with some enjoyable moments.


To ask other readers questions about The Hothouseplease sign up. He directed almost 50 stage, television, and film productions and acted extensively in radio, stage, hothoue, and film productions of his own and others’ works.

Retrieved 6 March Blame for the pregnancy is placed on a luckless security man, Lamb, who, if not exactly led to the slaughter, is reduced to a state of catatonia. And I enjoyed it to the most.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Not that I consider this play to be a grim piece of work.

And, like the rest of the audience, I found myself roaring at moments such as that when Russell Beale seeks to stuff a wedge of Christmas cake the size of a door-stopper down a subordinate’s throat. In particular, preening John Heffernan is wonderfully supercilious as Lush, deliciously just inches away from downright rudeness in his dealings pimter exasperated Roote.

For a review-article about this production, see Merritt. Pinter always manages to plant a worm of doubt into your head, until it becomes hard to resist thinking about it.