The Hothouse - Trafalgar Studio One

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Venue Information
Trafalgar Studio One

Trafalgar Studio One
14 Whitehall

Seating Plan


(5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

The Hothouse

Trafalgar Studios 1 becomes the home of the Harold Pinter classic The Hothouse this summer as a cast led by John Simm performs under the direction of Jamie Lloyd, the latter continuing to present shows as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season. It will not only offer an opportunity to revisit the work that Pinter first presented in the early 1980s but it will also allow audiences the chance to see the work of the acclaimed and recognised actor Simm, whose work with shows like Life On Mars and Doctor Who has made him a well known television performer.

As well as Simm, the cast also includes Clive Rowe, John Heffernan, Harry Melling, Christopher Timothy and Indira Varma.
In The Hothouse the action takes place within a mental institution where we meet the tyrannical Roote, the self-absorbed director of the facility whose habit of encouraging savagery among his work force has led to his subordinates regularly undermining him. Gibbs is one of these subordinates and he is tasked by his boss to carry out an investigation into the murder of one of the patients. But it seems that one of the suspects of the crime is Roote himself.

Pinter first penned the piece in the late 1950s, however it was not until the late 1970s that he dusted off the script and prepared it for a premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 1980. It also gained a West End run at the Ambassadors Theatre in the same year and has since been seen on the other side of the Atlantic.

Those with theatre tickets will likely be keen to see performer John Simm in a lead role as he is a well known screen performer whose work has included Life On Mars as Sam Tyler and Doctor Who as The Master. He has also been nominated for BAFTA Awards, including one for Life On Mars and another for the 2011 series Exile. For the stage his work has included a previous appearance at Trafalgar Studios 1 for Elling, Speaking In Tongues at the Duke of York’s Theatre and productions at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

As part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, which also sees James McAvoy appear in a production of Macbeth, The Hothouse runs at Trafalgar Studios 1 from Thursday 9th May 2013 (previews from Saturday 4th May 2013) to Saturday 3rd August 2013. 

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 21st May 2013
Booking Until: Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Show Status: production_closed
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