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The Hothouse - final casting announced

John Simm, Simon Russell Beale and Harry Melling

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy, The Hothouse. Jamie Lloyd’s second production in a season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, it runs at the Whitehall venue from May 4 to August 3, 2013.

Joining previously announced Simon Russell Beale (as Roote) and John Simm (Gibbs) are John Heffernan (Lush), Harry Melling (Lamb), Clive Rowe (Tubb), Christopher Timothy (Lobb) and Indira Varma (Miss Cutts).

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?

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.

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.

John Heffernan’s theatre credits include Love and Information (Royal Court Theatre), The Physicists (Donmar Warehouse), She Stoops to Conquer, Emperor And Galilean, After The Dance, The Habit of Art, Revenger’s Tragedy and Major Barbara (National Theatre), The Last Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), Richard II (Tobacco Factory), Love Love Love (Paines Plough), Carrie’s War (Apollo Theatre) and King Lear, The Seagull, King John, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).

On screen, Heffernan has appeared in Love and Marriage, Murder on the Homefront, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, The Shadow Line, Having You and King Lear.

Harry Melling’s theatre work includes Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre, Kingston), I am a Camera (Southwark Playhouse), When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios), School for Scandal (Barbican) and Women Beware Women and Mother Courage (National Theatre).

Although best known on screen as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Melling has also appeared in Garrow’s Law III, Merlin, Just William and Friends and Crocodiles.

Clive Rowe’s theatre credits include The Ladykillers (UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), Lion in The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Company (Donmar Warehouse), The Fantastics (Duchess Theatre), Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Troilus and Cressida (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre) and Carousel, Fuente Ovejuna, Caroline or Change, The Villains’ Opera, Money, Candide, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls (for which he won a 1997 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical) and Trackers (National Theatre).

Rowe’s screen work includes All the Small Things, Doctor Who, Tracy Beaker, Dalziel & Pascoe, Networked, Casualty, Bloodrights, Manderlay and Crime Strike.

Christopher Timothy’s theatre credits include The Living Room (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal/UK Tour), Season’s Greetings (UK Tour), Haunting Julia (Lichfield Garrick), All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester Festival Theatre/ETT UK Tour), Tons of Money and Hayfever (Peter Hall Company) and Heroes and The Safari Party (UK Tour).

On screen, Timothy is best known as Dr Mac in Doctors and James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small. However, he has also appeared in Holby City, Casualty, City Hospital, The Bill, Lewis, Virgin Soldiers, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and Othello.

Indira Varma’s theatre work includes Dance of Death, Twelfth Night, The Vortex and Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Hysteria (Bath Theatre Royal), Ingredient X, The Vertical Hour and The Country (Royal Court Theatre), The Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic), Five Gold Rings and Celebration (Almeida Theatre) and Ivanov, Remembrance of Things Past and Othello (National Theatre).

Varma’s extensive television credits include What Remains, Hunted, Silk, World Without End, Human Target, Luther, Hustle, Inside the Box, Moses Jones, Bones, Whistleblowers, 3lbs, Torchwood, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Waste of Shame, Broken News, Love Soup, Quatermass, Rome, Donovan, Reversals, The Sea Captain’s Tale, Attachments I and II, The Whistleblower, Other People’s Children, In a Land of Plenty, Ten Crazy Days and Psychos.

She has also appeared in films such as Silent Hours, All You Need is Kill, Mindscape, Risk Addiction, Bride and Prejudice, Jinnah, Sixth Happiness, Clancy’s Kitchen, Pheonix and Kama Sutra.

The Hothouse is designed by award-winning Soutra Gilmour.

Trafalgar Transformed is a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd and Howard Panter.

As part of the Trafalgar Transformed season all tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme led by the Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning Department, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month for 24 hours, starting on May 1, 2013 (May 6 excluded), and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office. Additionally, day seats will be available at £10 for all performances, Tuesday through Saturday.

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