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Laura Wade's acclaimed play Home, I'm Darling transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre before continuing on tour. A collaboration between Theatr Clwyd and the National Theatre, this clever comedy probes marriage, fantasy and domesticity with no shortage of charisma. Tamara Harvey directs, with Katherine Parkinson reprises her starring role.

Presiding over an immaculate 1950s-style household, Judy puts everything she's got into embodying the perfect housewife. Her love of the bygone era isn't that strange; surely all married couples need a slice of fantasy in their lives? But maintaining the status of domestic goddess isn't all that simple, and there are almost imperceptible cracks in that pristine veneer.

Playwright Laura Wade’s recent works for the stage include Posh at the Royal Court Theatre and Alice at the Sheffield Crucible. She counts a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award among her accolades.

Katherine Parkinson is known for her starring roles in cult comedy The IT Crowd, as well as dramas such as Humans. Her most recent theatre credits include Before the Party at the Almeida Theatre and Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Onstage with Parkinson is Richard Harrington, who reprises the role of her onstage husband Johnny. Sara Gregory also returns, in the role of Alex. Further casting features Susan Brown, Charlie Allen, Ellie Burrow, Siubhan Harrison, Hywel Morgan and Jane MacFarlane.

Tamara Harvey is Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director. Some of her most recent theatre directing credits are Pride and Prejudice at the Sheffield Crucible, From Here To Eternity in London's West End and The Kitchen Sink at the Bush Theatre.

The eye-popping set is courtesy of designer Anna Fleischle. Sound design comes from Tom Gibbons, lighting design from Lucy Carter and choreography from Charlotte Broom. Hannah Noone is staff director and Christopher Akrill is assistant choreographer.

The cast of the National Theatre run comprised Katherine Parkinson, Richard Harrington, Barnaby Kay, Kathryn Drysdale, Sara Gregory and Sian Thomas.

Having premiered at Theatr Clwyd, Home, I'm Darling went on to enjoy a season at London's National Theatre, and its West End transfer means another chance to see this gem. A smart comedy with lots to say about gender performativity and relationships, it is fully deserving of its rave reviews. Catch it at Duke of York's Theatre from 26 January 2019. Press night fell on 5 February 2019.

Performance dates: 13 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

Special notice: Fans of the hilarious Katherine Parkinson won’t want to miss this play, while those who enjoyed the play Posh will relish the chance to see playwright Laura Wade’s latest offering.

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Latest audience reviews

I didn’t read the description so the beginning was confusing, until I realised it is set in modern day... More

alices5 02 Jun 2019

I didn’t read the description so the beginning was confusing, until I realised it is set in modern day and not actually in the 50’s! But all in all a really enjoyable show. Music choice and dancing really added to the 50’s feel

alices5 02 Jun 2019

This was a thought provoking and very enjoyable show, with everything slowly unravelling so you learn... More

chocoholics2005 21 Apr 2019

This was a thought provoking and very enjoyable show, with everything slowly unravelling so you learn what is beyond the surface. Cleverly choreographed scene changes especially one early in second half. Katherine Parkinson was great & there was an excellent monologue from the actress playing her mother.

chocoholics2005 21 Apr 2019

This is a very thought-provoking show which is well-acted and well written. It is very funny and Katherine... More

emilygami Top 50 reviewer31 Mar 2019

This is a very thought-provoking show which is well-acted and well written. It is very funny and Katherine Parkinson in particular is outstanding in her role as the self-proclaimed 50's house wife. The play raises lots of issues to do with feminism and what it means to be a feminist but it is maybe a little longer than it needs to be.

emilygami Top 50 reviewer31 Mar 2019

Now, this is a show about a couple who decide to live by 50s ideals - she quits her job and becomes a... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer16 Mar 2019

Now, this is a show about a couple who decide to live by 50s ideals - she quits her job and becomes a stay-at-home housewife, keeping the silverware and taps shining, having his slippers and paper ready for him when he comes home, before his dinner is presented to him. Well now, this is a good play! You might predict pretty easily that the 50s ideal isn't going to last - and you'd be right. Sure, she learns to cook, and takes positive pleasure in "cleaning behind things". There's a terrific 50s soundtrack throughout, by the way, and you can see the attraction. (Well, I can't really, because I hate housework.) But the world outside the front door is living quite happily in the present day - and they can't keep it out forever. There's her friend, who doesn't want to do the same, although her husband is keen for her to do so. There's her mother, who is a die-hard feminist herself, and positively ashamed of her daughter! and who has plenty of first-hand horror stories of the 50s to tell her. And there's the question of the mortgage - as we know, you really can't finance a mortgage on just one income, these days. I can't honestly think of an issue that isn't mentioned in the course of the play, although some are dealt with more thoroughly than others. The contrasts between the 50s and the modern world are constantly explored - hey, in this house, they don't even eat pizza! Feminist themes abound, of course, and it's really interesting to see a young character choose what most feminists would see as a retrograde step. In fact, the first scene of the second half shows how they came to this point - but it is in the second half, of course, that the 50s facade really starts to crumble. Never too serious though, this is excellently played, and I really enjoyed it. Recommended.

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer16 Mar 2019

Home, I'm Darling comes to the Duke of York following a successful run at the National Theatre. Starring... More

MrMHurst 12 Mar 2019

Home, I'm Darling comes to the Duke of York following a successful run at the National Theatre. Starring Katherine Parkinson, known for her comic television roles, it is billed as a comedy about a couple living a 1950s lifestyle - complete with stay at home housewife - in a very modern world. First thing to mention is that I didn't find the play itself particularly comedic - there were funny parts and I laughed, but overall it came across as a drama with the occasional joke - yet I didn't have a problem with this because the characters were rendered well mostly through the dialogue, which zipped along and was believable. The set and staging is commendably detailed while the use of music puts the audience immediately into the environment of the faux to storey house, recreated on stage. Overall, an enjoyable play which, while not particular comic, was very enjoyable.

MrMHurst 12 Mar 2019

Katherine Parkinson is excellent in this production about a housewife set in modern day who likes to... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Mar 2019

Katherine Parkinson is excellent in this production about a housewife set in modern day who likes to think she lives in the 1950s. The set/décor has a great 1950's feel to it as does the brilliant soundtrack (think Buddy Holly, Bill Haley etc). Very good evening's entertainment!

joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Mar 2019
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