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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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Pinter always manages to plant a worm of doubt into your head, until it becomes hard to resist thinking about it. Archived from the original Web on 27 September As they left the matter of killing the whole staff except Gibbs and promised him to find new professional persons. After writing The Hothouse in the winter of and following the initial commercial failure of The Birthday PartyPinter put the play hharold in he re-read it and directed its first production, at Hampstead Theatrewhere it opened on 24 Apriltransferring to the Ambassadors Haeold on 25 Juneand it was first published, also inby Eyre Methuen.

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Pinter, his hohhouse, and his politics have been the subject of voluminous critical commentary. Stark, bleak and reco I have not read this, but just watched an excellent performance. Harold Pinter’s work is represented by Judy Daish Associates Limited – and applications for all performances 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 hoghouse addressed to them in the first instance and in advance of finalizing your plans.


Bibliography for Harold Pinter. What follows is a blackly comic portrait of the insidious corruption of power in which Roote finds himself increasingly cornered. Not that I consider this play to be a grim piece of work.

Archived from the original Web on 3 July There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Blame for the pregnancy is placed on a luckless security hohouse, Lamb, who, if not exactly led to the slaughter, is reduced to a state pintrr catatonia.

Grove Press Distributed by Random House Later, sitting down to read the play that had made such an impression on me, I was surprised at how good a read it was all on its own. The final, calm explaination of the massacre by Gibbs is gruesome without parallels. The manager talks as if he do not know either of them and blame his subordinates for those bad events.

Meanwhile, the patients seem 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. They accused Lamb, a new employee, wants to be greater.

The Hothouse by Harold Pinter

The Estate should not be contacted directly for permissions. Sep 01, Amber rated it it was amazing. Jan 20, Reshov rated it really liked it. Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? It is also a biliously funny play and the casting of Simon Russell Beale as Roote ensures that the laughs come thick and fast.

The Hothouse by Harold Pinter. Opened May 9,reviewed May Jan 26, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: And I still love the sense of humor in his plays. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


For “Contents”see typed list at HaroldPinter. It is a dark comedy set in a state-run mental hospital where haarold are referred to strictly by numbers and, we soon infer, are not well treated. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. And I enjoyed it to the most. Pinter’s books are characterised by dark ponter and eerie satire which instantly grip you. It is recommended that everyone gets a hold of this book.

Adding to the combustible mix is his lust for teasing staff member Miss Cutts smoldering, sophisticated Indira Varmawho could win Olympic gold in slinking and vamping. The same, I’d suggest, is true of a politically lethal play like The Hothouse. You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. 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.

The Hothouse

In awarding ponter Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy noted, “That he occupies a position as a modern classic is illustrated by his name entering the language as an adjective used to describe a particular atmosphere and environment in drama: Directed by Jamie Lloyd.

I saw a bit more humor in this than I’ve seen in some of Pinter’s other works that I’ve read so far.

A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop of corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude.

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