The Hothouse

Theatre

West End

Trafalgar Studios

Until Sat Aug 3 2013

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    Clive Rowe (Tubb) and the cast of 'The Hothouse'

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    John Simm (Gibbs) & Indira Varma (Miss Cutts)

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    Simon Russell Beale (Roote) and John Heffernan (Lush)

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    Harry Melling (Lamb)

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    John Simm (Gibbs) & Simon Russell Beale (Roote)

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    Simon Russell Beale (Roote) and John Simm (Gibbs)

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    Simon Russell Beale (Roote)

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    Simon Russell Beale (Roote)

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    Christopher Timothy (Lobb)

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Clive Rowe (Tubb) and the cast of 'The Hothouse'

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T.J.

First-rate acting does not quite lift this play into a first-rate experience. The interplay between the mad mental care facility director, played by Simon Russell Beale, and his disturbingly controlled and disciplined deputy, played excellently by John Simm, is a marvel to behold. Their interaction is leavened by the hugely entertaining John Heffernan. Although the non-sequetors pile up, the play moves along at a brisk pace with the total time clocking in under two hours. As opposed to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", the audience has no encounters with the patients; the perspective is entirely from the staff's point of view. It's said that all organisations rot from the head. This is certainly true in this grim mental health "care" institution in which shocking activity is taking place.

Alberte

Absolutely splendid play! In my opinion, John Simm and John Heffernan in particular were quite extraordinary. I was seated in the first row, practically on the stage, which made for a fantastically intense experience. Generally, it's just such an intimate theatre where the feeling of being personally included seems much stronger than anywhere else I've been. Especially when you think you get eye contact with the actors. Go and see it while you still have the chance!