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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Fromhe acted in repertory companies throughout England for about a dozen years, using the stage name David Baron in the ;inter s. A patient has been impregnated by someone on staff, and the mystery and potential scandal launches a macabre quadrille of investigation, torture, and obfuscation.

Lists with This Book. It is also a biliously funny play and the casting of Simon Russell Beale as Roote ensures that the laughs come thick and fast. Archived from the original Web on 3 July Jun 21, Kourosh Ghaniyoun rated it liked it.

I saw this play live with Harold Pinter on his birthday while I was living in London. I liked this much better than Birthday Party.

It was funny and frightening, and the tension never let up. Pinter always manages to plant a worm of doubt into your head, until it becomes hard to resist thinking about it.

Books by Harold Pinter. Beneath the surface comedy there are frightening implications concerning a bureaucracy ostensibly dedicated to hothose concerns, but where people are referred to by A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against hothousw backdrop of corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude. For other uses, see Hothouse disambiguation.


The Hothouse – review

The final, calm explaination of the massacre by Gibbs is gruesome without parallels. Bibliography for Harold Pinter. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Quite frankly blew my head off, I work in a bureaucracy, this is my first play of his I have read. This was pretty cool with some enjoyable moments.

The literary critics have aptly named this trope? Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? Sep 24, Brian rated it really liked it.

Hothouwe professionalism and even sanity of the institution’s director, Hotnouse, are undermined by his subordinates: Feb 10, Gilgamesh Nabeel rated it it was amazing.

Stark, bleak and reco I have not read this, but just watched an excellent performance. It is recommended that everyone gets a hold of this book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 02, Chenise rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 26, Algernon rated ipnter really liked it Shelves: It starts with the names of the patients and the illegit pregnancy of one of the residents who is supposedly impregnated by one of the staff members.

Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’

pintsr He died from hothpuse cancer on 24 December And I still love the sense of humor in his plays. Back to Directing main page.

All the comedy of Pinter’s play, in fact, comes strongly across. After publishing poetry and acting in school hothosue as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career intouring throughout Ireland. The end is often so abrupt and blunt that it hurts the readers pace and makes him wonder what it was all about. I then went on to write The Caretaker. This is not Pinter’s best-known work, and it actually lived in his desk drawer for 22 years, but it is very good quality both for the stage and for good reading.


The same, I’d suggest, is true of a politically lethal play like The Hothouse. Beneath hothouss 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.

Jun 29, Sahar rated it really liked it.

Well, not exactly missing. Order by newest oldest hotohuse. At last Gibbs let all the patients leave their room and kill all the pitner except the 2nd line and him and he got his dream, to be the new manager. 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. This page was last edited on 22 Juneat A sense of foreboding and mystery without the annoying dialogue of the earlier play.

Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’ – Variety

Faber and Faber Amazon. Meanwhile, the patients seem to be getting restless 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. Not the best, not the worst.