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This House
This House performing at the Garrick


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Type of production: Play
Opened: 19 November 2016
Booking until: 25 February 2017
Running time: 2 Hours 55 Mins
Prices: £26.00 - £98.00
Cast: Phil Daniels , Kevin Doyle , Nathaniel Parker
Following two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and an upcoming run at Chichester Festival Theatre, James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama This House transfers to the Garrick Theatre this November. 1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament.

In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes in the House of Commons are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions. Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham's This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

Premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, This House is written by James Graham (The Vote, Privacy) and directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, Wolf Hall).
★★★★★ Evening Standard
"a treat and a triumph, this is a superlative night out in the West End"
"magnificently sharp and witty"

★★★★★ The Guardian
"a thrilling play that both relives history and transcends it"

★★★★★ The Times
"riveting and highly relevant"
"a stroke of genius"

★★★★ Daily Telegraph
"The most intelligent, entertaining and informative political drama of this decade"

★★★★★ WhatsOnStage
"This House is a remarkable achievement for all concerned"

★★★★★ Time Out
"Order, order your tickets now"
CHICHESTER REVIVAL OF THIS HOUSE TRANSFERS TO WEST END (26 APRIL 2016)

James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama This House will transfer to the West End's Garrick Theatre, following its upcoming run at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. Having originally played two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, and again directed by Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin, This House opens for previews on 19 November 2016.

This House is written by James Graham whose recent work for the Donmar Warehouse includes The Vote, which was also broadcast live on election night, and Privacy, which will open this summer at the Public Theater in New York starring Daniel Radcliffe. His Channel 4 drama Coalition also aired during the election and won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama. His play Monster Raving Loony opened in Plymouth this year and will transfer to the Soho Theatre in May. James has also written the book for Finding Neverland with music by Gary Barlow, which opened on Broadway last year. He is currently working on a cinematic adaptation of 1984 for director Paul Greengrass. James commented:
"This House was a very surprising and completely remarkable experience for me when produced at the National three years ago. The idea that it's going to find new audiences again is really brilliant and I'm so grateful. We're no longer in a hung parliament - like the 1970s equivalent depicted in the play - but in some ways I think it's become more relevant as more of us are deeply questioning the effectiveness and viability of our current political systems, here and around the world."

Direction is by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin whose previous work includes South Downs, Uncle Vanya and Another Country at Chichester as well as People, Places and Things(Headlong/National Theatre and Wyndham's) and Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies (RSC Stratford, Aldwych and Broadway). Jeremy said:
"A play that looks at our democracy is always going to be timely, and there's a joyful theatricality in the way This House represents our parliamentary process, with all its ludicrous quirks. The human drama in the middle of this system is represented movingly and with great generosity. There has always been such good will around this show, so it's brilliant we can share it with more people at The Garrick, an appropriate stone's throw from the House of Commons."