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The Hothouse - Simon Russell Beale and John Simm video footage

The Hothouse

Simon Russell Beal and John Simm star in The Hothouse, which runs at Trafalgar Transformed until August 3, 2013.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, The Hothouse is part of an exciting season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac) and Howard Panter.

It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed and sold out Macbeth, starring James McAvoy.

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.

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?

Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humour, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when it was written in the 50’s.

Watch press conference footage featuring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm: