John Simm & Simon Russell Beale team up for The Hothouse

John Simm & Simon Russell Beale team up for The Hothouse

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    John Simm and Simon Russell Beale are to star in Harold Pinter's THE HOTHOUSE at Trafalgar Studios 1. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, previews begin 4 May 2013, with opening night 9 May.

    Scheduled to run until 3 August, THE HOTHOUSE will be second of four productions making up the ‘Trafalgar Transformed’ season – a series of 'politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall.' The first production, the Jaime Lloyd-directed Macbeth starring James McAvoy, is sold out for its run until 27 April.

    Written by playwright Harold Pinter, THE HOTHOUSE is set on Christmas Day in a nameless state-run mental institution. A maniacal and self-obsessed leader subjects the inmates to a tirade of mindless cruelty. He breeds a contagion of hierarchical savagery amongst his staff, who thrive on a noxious diet of delusion and deceit. '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 1950s.'

    John Simm will play Gibbs, with Simon Russell Beale as Roote. Simm returns to Trafalgar Studios where he first appeared in Elling, after transferring from Bush Theatre. His additional stage credits include Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible), Speaking in Tongues (Duke of York's Theatre) and Danny Rule (Royal Court). Simm is perhaps best known for his screen work, starring in such television programmes as The Village, Mad Dogs, Exile, Doctor Who and Life On Mars, and in the films Everyday, 24 Hour Party People, Wonderland, Human Traffic and Understanding Jane.

    Beale most recently starred in Privates on Parade as part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre. An Associate Artist of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, Beale has appeared in the RSC productions of The Seagull and The Tempest, and the NT's Hamlet, Humble Boy (also West End), Jumpers (also West End and Broadway), Much Ado About Nothing and Timon of Athens. His theatre credits include Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night for the Donmar Warehouse, Spamalot at the Palace Theatre and on Broadway, the Sam Mendes-directed productions of The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard at the Old Vic, and Deathtrap at the Noel Coward.

    Stay tuned for further ticketing information and casting details for THE HOTHOUSE!