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In I re-read The Hothouse and decided it was worth presenting on the stage . I made a few cuts but no changes. HAROLD PINTER. GIBBS, in his thirties. 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. A long, dark, funny play. Place: the building of an “institution” that seem to keep locked in “patients”, seemingly mentally disordered persons.

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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 pinrer, whose inmates converge upon the staff, resulting in mayhem. A patient has been impregnated by someone on staff, and the hothoue and potential scandal launches a macabre quadrille of investigation, torture, and obfuscation. He said that Lamb was responsible for that.

– The Hothouse

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Roote, the manager of a rest house or a psychiatric hospital as I think, was involved in rape of a patient, killing another one. And I enjoyed it to the most. Views Read Edit View history. I laughed incessantly at Russell Beale’s performance but his Roote seems to be in a state of incipient collapse from the off whereas Pinter, when he played the role, showed us a figure of awesome power who only disintegrated as the play progressed.


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The end is often so abrupt and blunt that it hurts the readers pace and makes him wonder what it was al “LAMB in chair. Pinter, his work, and his politics have been the subject of voluminous critical commentary. Aug 02, Sanniara rated it it was amazing.

Legit Review: ‘The Hothouse’

Beginning with his first play, The RoomPinter’s writing harolr spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, hothosue letters. The final, calm explaination of the massacre by Gibbs is gruesome without parallels. H arold Pinter was, among many other things, a comic writer; and I would distrust any Pinter evening that didn’t make us laugh.

It is, in the end, a deeply moral play suggesting that state-sanctioned torture and cruelty exist but are inexorably undermined by their disregard of the natural laws. I liked this much better than Birthday Party.

Not the best, not the worst. 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. Festivals and symposia have been devoted to him and his work. Preview — The Hothouse by Harold Pinter. Harold Pinter’s work is represented by Judy Daish Associates Limited – and applications for all hothokse and uses of Harold Pinter’s work including amateur and professional stage performances, radio broadcasts, television transmissions and readings and use of extracts need to be addressed to them in the hlthouse instance and in advance of finalizing your plans.


It is recommended that everyone gets a hold of this book. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Sep 24, Brian rated it really liked it. I have not read this, but just watched hotuouse excellent performance. Grove Press Distributed by Random House But, richly pleasurable and boundlessly funny as Jamie Lloyd’s new production of this early Pinter play is, I feel it misses something of its chilling political undertow.

He died from liver cancer on 24 December Stylistically, these works are marked by theatrical pauses and silences, comedic timing, irony, ponter menace.

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