Set in 1974, This House is the turbulent tale of Parliament, at a time when the UK faced crippling economic crisis and Labour faced a vote of no confidence in James Callaghan’s government. Four decades on, Graham’s play remains starkly relevant and acts as a commentary on previous and current politics. Taking place in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House delves into the heart of Parliament, discussing the bending of rules, coercion and archaic traditions.
Written by James Graham, This House is once again directed by Jeremy Herrin, who has enjoyed recent success with People, Places and Things and has also directed multiple West End and Broadway productions including The Nether, Another Country and Noises Off. Graham is well-known for The Vote, which premiered at Donmar Warehouse and which was broadcast live on election night. Further works include Privacy, which is set to open in New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Casting for This House includes Phil Daniels (Les Miserables, EastEnders), Nathaniel Parker (Wolf Hall), Steffan Rhodri (The Mentalists, Harry Potter) and Lauren O'Neil (Silent Witness, Midsomer Murders), alongside Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Michael Cocks, Malcolm Sinclair as Humphrey Atkins, Sarah Woodward as Lady Batley, David Hounslow as Joe Harper, Ed Hughes as Fred Silvester. Additional cast members include Christopher Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner, Giles Taylor and Orlando Wells.
This House is designed by the production’s original designer Rae Smith, who earned praise for recreating the House of Parliament inside the National Theatre. The production also features lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson and movement by Scott Ambler. A play that remains strikingly relevant today, don’t miss This House, opening at the Garrick Theatre London on November 19th until February 25th 2017.