About the showFollowing two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, long-awaited political drama This House returned to the West End for a limited season. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things), the hit Parliamentary play received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike and came to London, with a preliminary run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Having opened on November 19th, This House followed the successful residence of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company at the Garrick Theatre.
Written by James Graham, This House takes place in the parliamentary dispute of 1974, when James Callaghan’s government received a vote of no confidence. Taking place in the engine rooms of Westminster, the play depicts a turbulent time in politics, when arguments were settled with fist-fights and laws could be decided by one vote. Delving into the sinister behind-the-scenes of Westminster goings-on, This House is a stark reflection on modern day politics, discussing the archaic traditions behind the system.
Graham is best-known for his docu-drama The Vote, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse and aired on election night on Channel 4. His further works include penning the book for Broadway musical Finding Neverland, as well as his most recent play Privacy, which is due to open in New York starring Daniel Radcliffe. Director Jeremy Herrin is at the helm of the hard-hitting, five-star drama People, Places and Things, as well as past productions The Nether, Another Country and Absent Friends.
Nathaniel Parker starred in This House as Jack Weatherill, being best known for the lead role in the The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, along with a range of acclaimed theatre parts in plays such as Wolf Hall and The Audience, for which he has previously won an Olivier Award. He was joined by Steffan Rhodri (Gavin & Stacey, The Hairy Ape) as Walter Harrison and Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Meantime and Scum) who took the role of Bob Mellish.
This House was designed by Rae Smith, who designed the past runs at the National Theatre and earned praise for her accurate transformation of Parliament inside the theatre. Further creative team members included lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Ian Dickinson and movement instructor Scott Ambler. With a run coinciding with the current turbulent climate of politics, This House will resonate with a modern audience, remaining strikingly relevant, having opened at the Garrick Theatre on November 19th and running until February 25th 2017.