Home, I’m Darling
See the Olivier Award winning comedy, starring Katherine Parkinson, with Home I’m Darling tickets
Insightful and prescient, like all the best comedies, Home, I’m Darling premiered at Theatr Clwyd, before going on to enjoy a season at the National Theatre. Now the play gets its West End transfer at Duke of York’s Theatre, which means another chance to catch it if you missed out previously, or if you’re ready for round two! Skewering gender roles and marriage tropes, all while sporting a sparkling 1950s aesthetic, Laura Wade’s shrewd play is one of her best.
Judy seems to be nailing the role of domestic goddess. Although she lives in the 21st century, she is obsessed with the 1950s and has decked out her home, wardrobe and attitude accordingly. She prides herself on being the perfect little housewife to her husband. While her friends approve of the vintage attire, Judy’s mother can’t understand the blind nostalgia, and what began as a spot of roleplay now signifies something altogether darker.
Playwright Laura Wade also penned the critically lauded Posh, Alice, Breathing Corpses and other stage plays besides. She is the recipient of a Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award, a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award and other accolades.
Direction is courtesy of Tamara Harvey. Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director, her credits include From Here To Eternity in London’s West End and Pride and Prejudice at the Sheffield Crucible.
Comedian and actress Katherine Parkinson is most famous for her part in cult British comedy The IT Crowd but her many television credits include the shows Humans and Inside No. 9. She is no stranger to the London stage and has performed in Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre, Before the Party at the Almeida Theatre and more.
The cast also includes Sara Gregory (Alys) as Alex, Richard Harrington (Hinterland) as Johnny, Susan Brown (Angels in America) as Sylvia, Siubhan Harrison (Guys and Dolls) as Fran, and Hywel Morgan (Imperium) as Marcus.
The completed cast also includes Charlie Allen, Ellie Burrows, and Jane MacFarlane.
Set design is by Anna Fleischle, sound design comes from Tom Gibbons and lighting design is by Lucy Carter. Charlotte Broom provides choreography with assistant choreography from Christopher Akrill. Hannah Noone is the staff director.
A beautifully presented production with both brains and heart at its centre, Home, I’m Darling is an all-round winner. Be a part of the conversation when it plays at Duke of York’s Theatre from January 2019.
At the 2019 Olivier Awards, Home, I’m Darling won the award for Best New Comedy.
The age recommendation for Home, I’m Darling is 14+