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The Hothouse


Last Chance to See - Must End 3 August

Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy returns to London’s West End in this new production directed by Jamie Lloyd...

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Running time: 2h (inc interval)


Last Chance to See - Must End 3 August

Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy returns to London’s West End in this new production directed by Jamie Lloyd...

Read More

Running time: 2h (inc interval)

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

The Hothouse

Last Chance to See - Must End 3 August

Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy returns to London’s West End in this new production directed by Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, National Theatre's She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride). It follows the critically acclaimed and sold out Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed. Starring Simon Russell Beale (Privates on Parade, National Theatre's Timon of Athens and Collaborators) and John Simm (Elling, Sheffield Theatres' Hamlet and Betrayal).

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 50s.

Designer Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Designer Neil Austin
Sound and Music Ben and Max Ringham
Associate Director Edward Stambollouian
Costume Supervisor Binnie Bowerman
Props Chris Marcus and Jonathan Hall
Production Manager Dominic Fraser

Please be aware that strobe lighting is used during the performance.

**** ‘Richly pleasurable and boundlessly funny’
Michael Billington, The Guardian

**** ‘A consistently gripping production of a piece in which Kafka seems to shake hands with Monty Python’
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

**** ‘An outrageously funny production’
Michael Coveney, What’s On Stage

‘One of the funniest London revivals in memory’
Ben Dowell, The Stage

**** ‘Following the sell-out success of James McAvoy’s Macbeth, The Hothouse is another coup for director Jamie Lloyd’
Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

**** ‘Simon Russell Beale delivers a tour de force’
Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

**** ‘John Simm…is flawless’
Michael Billington, The Guardian

**** ‘A triumph’
Demetrios Matheou, The Arts Desk

**** ‘From the opening comedy masterclass to the final, disturbing image, by way of mounting histrionics and harrowing reflections on the worst of human endeavor, The Hothouse is a powerhouse and one you really should see.’
The Hollywood News

The Hothouse

There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.00 Transaction fee.

The Hothouse Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it 

More about Trafalgar Studios access information can be found here.

Large Print Introduction

A large print introduction for Admissions can be found here .

Audio Introductions

An Audio-Introduction for selected shows is available on Soundcloud, please click here.

Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0800 912 6971, email [email protected] or visit the box office in person

Touch Tours can be organised in advance (subject to availability) by contacting [email protected]

For more access information, please visit http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/

Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.

For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400


Trafalgar Studios makes the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.


Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Studios is owned and operated by Trafalgar Entertainment Group, a live entertainment business launched in 2017 by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire DBE. For more information on the company and its flagship venue Trafalgar Studios, see www.trafalgarentertainment.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Pick your own seats

To pick your own seats for The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios simply find the performances you'd like to see from the listings below and you'll be given the option.

The Hothouse Group Bookings

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Groups Booking line: 020 7206 1174

Groups Benefits
  • Reserve now, pay later
  • No booking fees on selected shows
  • Huge savings on the majority of shows
  • Easily amendable reservations
  • Reserve more than one show at once
  • No deposits required
  • Reservations are invoiced, and are easy for you to review and check before paying
  • Tickets posted free to your door
  • Pre-book hospitality packages

Find out more about Group Bookings

The Hothouse Extra Events

An exciting programme of platform events has been scheduled to run in conjunction with The Hothouse, Jamie Lloyd Productions’ second show for Trafalgar Studios. The programme includes:

  • Post show Q&A with the cast and director Jamie Lloyd
  • A Pinter Workshop hosted by director Jamie Lloyd
  • Two Pinter Shorts: Family Voices and Victoria Station performed by a cast including Joanna Lumley and Andrew Scott
  • Three panel discussions: the first with Michael Billington, Nick Payne and Jamie Lloyd followed by a second with Harold Pinter’s wife, Lady Antonia Fraser - in conversation with Jamie Lloyd, and finally a panel event to discuss abuse of human rights

*NOTE: Platform Event tickets must be added while booking your tickets to The Hothouse.

Step 1: Select your seat(s) for any available performance of The Hothouse

Step 2: Select the platform event you would like to attend when the box pops up on your screen, with all of the events listed

Step 3: If selecting one of the Pinter Shorts, select desired date of attendance

Step 4: Select desired amount of tickets for the event

Step 5: Go to the check out!

Subject to availability

If you have already booked your ticket to The Hothouse and wish to attend a platform event, please contact the Box Office on 0844 871 7632 and quote 'Hothouse Add-Ons' with your reservation details. NB: the Platform Event tickets are available to anyone who has bought a ticket to The Hothouse, not just for those specific nights.

The full details for all platform events are listed below:

POST SHOW Q&A with The Hothouse cast
Mondays: 20 May, 17, 24 June, 8 July 2013 at 9:30

Jamie Lloyd and the cast of The Hothouse will return to the stage at the end of the performance on each of these dates to answer any audience questions.

Tickets: Free with any ticket to The Hothouse*

17 June - 3.30pm-5pm with Jamie Lloyd

Jamie Lloyd hosts a 90-minute workshop on the work of Harold Pinter, one of the greatest British playwrights of our time.

Tickets: Free with any ticket to The Hothouse.* £10 cost for a stand alone ticket. Click here to book.

27, 29 June at 6pm, 28 June at 10.00pm

A chance to see two of Pinter's finest short plays, Family Voices and Victoria Station, as we take over the set of The Hothouse for three very special performances. Directed by Trafalgar Transformed Associate Director Edward Stambollouian. 

With Alun Armstrong, Joanna Lumley and Andrew Scott.


Tickets: £5 with any ticket to The Hothouse* (excluding £15 Monday tickets)


Pinteresque: Harold Pinter and British Theatre
5 June at 6pm

Join Michael Billington (Guardian Theatre critic and writer of biography Harold Pinter), Gina McKee (The Lover and The Collection by Harold Pinter, Comedy Theatre;  Old Times by Harold Pinter, Donmar Warehouse), Nick Payne (writer of Constellations and winner of the Harold Pinter Award 2012 and Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2012),  Lia Williams (The Hothouse, National Theatre; Old Times by Harold Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre)and Director of The Hothouse and Trafalgar Transformed season Jamie Lloyd for a panel discussion on the work of Harold Pinter and the indisputable impact he made on British Theatre.

Tickets: Free.  Must be reserved in advance.*

Traf Talk: Lady Antonia Fraser in Conversation with Jamie Lloyd
12 June at 6pm

Lady Antonia Fraser joins The Hothouse director Jamie Lloyd for a conversation on her thirty-three year relationship with Harold Pinter.  Lady Antonia offers a rare glimpse into the world they shared and her experience of being married to one of the greatest British playwrights of our times. 

Tickets: Free

Rights and Freedoms: a panel discussion about abuse of human rights
2 July at 6pm

Join us for a stimulating conversation on the abuse of human rights. As news travels faster than ever before, why is the abuse of human rights still so widespread today? What can we do about it?  Will it ever be overpowered?  And what about the abuse in our own country – are the most vulnerable in our society being given the care and support they need? Guests will include Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, theatre director and human rights campaigner Nicolas Kent and CEO of Human Dignity Trust Jonathan Cooper.

Tickets: Free with any ticket to The Hothouse*

Available to book in person at Box Office or on 0844 871 7632.

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