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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Retrieved 6 March It is also a biliously funny play and the casting of Simon Russell Beale as Roote ensures that the laughs come thick and fast. And there is a wealth of fine supporting performances.

Feb 10, Gilgamesh Nabeel rated it it was amazing. Later, sitting down to read the play that had made such an impression on me, I was surprised at how good a read it was all on its own. University of Tampa Press This one in particular is one of his longer plays, which is why the tension builds even more.

An odd mixture of ‘laughter and chill’, if you like. I saw a bit more humor in pjnter than I’ve seen in some jothouse Pinter’s other works that I’ve read so far.

Textifying: Harold Pinter – The Hothouse

This “new direction” in his work and his left-wing political activism stimulated additional critical debate about Pinter’s politics. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He sits still, staring, as in a catatonic trance. Hardly a week goes by hothousee an attempted parliamentary coup.


Well, not exactly missing. I then went on to write The Caretaker. Beneath the surface comedy there are frightening implications concerning a bureaucracy ostensibly dedicated to humanitarian concerns, but where people are referred to by numbers and forgotten as easily as troublesome figures on a balance sheet.

And the desperate Roote finds himself drawn into the web of guilt by his staff including the openly insubordinate Lush, the mockingly sexual Miss Cutts and the Machiavellian organisation man Gibbs. It is an incredible text. In he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. After the reported murder of one patient and the rape and resulting pregnancy of another, Roote orders Gibbs to find the perpetrator swho it appears is Roote himself, and Gibbs supplants his boss as administrator of the corrupt “rest home”, whose inmates converge upon the staff, resulting in mayhem.

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Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’

Thematically ambiguous, they raise complex pintet of individual identity oppressed by social forces, language, and vicissitudes of memory. A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves hothouuse a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop of corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude.


Adding to the combustible mix is his lust for teasing staff member Miss Cutts smoldering, sophisticated Ointer Varmawho could win Olympic gold in slinking and vamping. At last Gibbs let all the patients leave their room and kill all the staff except the 2nd line and him and he got his dream, to be the new manager. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. I don1t think it is. Sep 24, Brian rated it really liked it.

A patient has been impregnated by someone on staff, and the mystery and potential scandal launches a macabre quadrille of investigation, torture, and obfuscation.

Reality has overtaken it. Archived from the original Web on 3 July He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times.

The Hothouse

What follows is a blackly comic portrait of the insidious corruption of power in which Roote finds himself increasingly cornered. Work hasn’t been the same since. For a review-article about this production, see Merritt. And a man died! Opened May 9,reviewed May Jan 26, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: Directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Jun 24, Sheelalipi Sahana pinrer it really liked it. I have not read this, but just watched an excellent performance.