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What's it all about?

Harold Pinter’s macabre tragi-comedy returns to London’s West End in an extraordinary new production starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm.

It follows the sold-out, James McAvoy-starring Macbeth in a thrilling season of works that comes under the collective banner of Trafalgar Transformed. It's directed by Jamie Lloyd, who has received high praise for previous productions including the Donmar warehouse's Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac and She Stoops to Conquer for the NT.

It's two of the country's finest actors performing one of our greatest playwright's most fascinating works. Need we say more?


Please be aware that strobe lighting is used during the performance.

What's the story?

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.

The day got off to a lousy start - a death and a birth. Absolutely bloody scandalous! Is it too much to ask to keep the place clean?

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 50s.

Who's in it?

Often referred to as the pre-eminent British stage actor of his generation, Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in UK theatre.

He first came to prominence in the late '80s with comic roles at the RSC. He is an associate artist at the RSC and has been an associate at the National Theatre since 1995. He was awarded the CBE  in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama.

He received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in 1996 for his performance in Volpone at the NT Olivier stage. He won the Best Actor Olivier in 2003 for his performance in Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, and the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for the NT's Candide. He is also the recipient of numerous other major theatre awards and nominations.

John Simm is best known for his roles as Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and the Master in Doctor Who, and has starred in many television dramas including Cracker, The Lakes, Sex Traffic, State of Play, Crime and Punishment and Exile. 

He has been nominated twice for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and is an Olivier Award nominee. He has appeared in films inclusing Wonderland, Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People. In 2007 he starred in Elling at Trafalgar Studios and in its transfer to the Bush Theatre,  and he played Hamlet at the Crucible Theatre in 2010. 

Who is The Hothouse suitable for?

It's Pinter, so one might reasonably expect aggression, psychological weight and darkness amid the mordant humour.

The late author's work will always be divisive, but if you're a camp follower then you'll find this brilliantly cast and executed Hothouse a warming experience indeed. 

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Please be aware that strobe lighting is used during the performance.

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