About the showSmart comedy Home, I'm Darling gets its West End transfer with a run at Duke of York’s. Marriage, role playing and gender performativity come under the spotlight, packaged in a pristine 1950s aesthetic. This collaboration between Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre features a shred script by celebrated playwright Laura Wade and a starring turn in the role of Judy from the inimitable Katherine Parkinson.
Judy seems the perfect housewife, a true domestic goddess. Despite living in the 21st century, she presides over a perfect 1950s-style home, which she shares with her husband. Her friends approve of the frocks while Judy’s mother is infuriated at such blinkered nostalgia, but the fantasy has progressed far beyond a flippant game. Woman cannot live on saccharine sweetness alone, though, and that immaculate vintage veneer is showing signs of cracking.
Laura Wade is the recipient of a Critics' Circle Theatre Award, a Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award and other accolades besides. Her recent stage works include Posh, Alice and Breathing Corpses.
Comedian and actress Katherine Parkinson is well known for her starring role in cult British comedy The IT Crowd; her television credits also include Humans and Inside No. 9. No stranger to the stage, she has performed in Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre and Before the Party at the Almeida Theatre.
Joining Katherine Parkinson for the Duke of York's Theatre run are Richard Harrington, who reprises the role of Judy’s husband Johnny, and Sara Gregory who returns in the role of Alex. Further casting comprises Charlie Allen, Ellie Burrow, Susan Brown, Siubhan Harrison, Jane MacFarlane and Hywel Morgan.
The production is directed by Tamara Harvey. Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director, her recent credits include The Kitchen Sink at the Bush Theatre, From Here To Eternity in London's West End and Pride and Prejudice at the Sheffield Crucible.
Set design comes from Anna Fleischle, sound design is by Tom Gibbons and lighting design is the work of Lucy Carter. Charlotte Broom is responsible for the choreography, with assistant choreography from Christopher Akrill. Hannah Noone is staff director.
Those who missed this biting play at Theatr Clwyd or at the National Theatre won’t want to miss this chance to catch it in the West End. Home, I’m Darling runs at Duke of York’s Theatre from 26 January 2019 with a press night on 5 February 2019.