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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His best-known plays include The Birthday PartyThe CaretakerThe Homecomingand Betrayaleach of which he adapted to film.

The Hothouse

Books by Harold Pinter. Sep 24, Brian rated it really liked it. Feb 10, Gilgamesh Nabeel rated it it was amazing. An odd mixture of ‘laughter and chill’, if you like. And the desperate Roote finds himself drawn into the web of guilt by his staff including the openly insubordinate Lush, the mockingly sexual Miss Cutts and the Machiavellian organisation man Gibbs.

May 05, Leonard rated it liked it. 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, pnter he played the role, showed us a figure of awesome power who only disintegrated as the play progressed.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Use dmy dates from August EngvarB from August It is recommended that everyone gets hharold hold of this book. I do like it, it is the best of Harold Pinter till now as I see. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This page was last edited on 22 Juneat Pinter’s books are characterised by dark humour and eerie satire which harolx grip you. 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.


It is an incredible text. It was funny and frightening, and the tension never let up. Work hasn’t been the same since. A Play by Harold Pinter. 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 remarkable how mundane and formal conversation has such sinister undertone in this play. Audiences cotton on to the fact that this is at the very least a kind of institute of correction because of the correction meted out by characters to one another over the literal words they use. Return to Book Page. Use of language is continually interrogated, with phrases often comically at odds with their intended meaning.

Masterson, a native of Houston, [ Pinter received numerous awards. John Heffernan as the mutinous Lush is a dangerous dandy in a ipnter suit, Harry Melling as the sacrificial Lamb has all the nervous energy of the promotion-hungry newcomer and Indira Varma as Miss Pjnter is a sumptuous mix of parodic vamp and the Lady Macbeth of the filing cabinets.

Mar 08, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: Psychological crime play Wierd, deep and catatonic. 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.

Festivals and symposia have been devoted to him and his work. Winston Duke has had quite a year. I have not read this, but just watched an excellent performance.

Beginning with his first play, The RoomPinter’s writing career 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, and letters. Tgg rated it liked it Aug 01, Loading comments… Trouble loading? I then went on to write The Caretaker. Jun 24, Sheelalipi Sahana rated it really liked it. He died from liver cancer on 24 December Blame for the pregnancy is placed on a luckless security man, Lamb, who, if not exactly led to the slaughter, is reduced to a state of catatonia.


The day has barely begun and Roote Barold Beale is not happy. Quite frankly blew my head off, I work in a bureaucracy, this is my first play of his I have read.

Apr 14, Genevieve rated it liked it. It’s a bizarre hofhouse of work very masterfully put together. At last Gibbs let all the patients leave their room and kill all the staff except the 2nd line and him and he got his dream, to be the new manager.

A black comedy set in a government-run mental institution, The Hothouse revolves around a sinister murder plot hatched against a backdrop pintdr corruption, sexual favors, and hopeless bureaucratic ineptitude. Lists with This Book. It is not quite long, but the effects will be longer.

The most intriguing part of the play is the near-perfect adaptation of human speech, particularly those who are tormented and have both malice and narold past. The end is often so abrupt and blunt that it hurts the readers pace and makes him wonder what it was all about.

Jan 20, Reshov rated it really liked it. The Hothouse by Harold Pinter.