Home, I'm Darling at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Home, I'm Darling at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including interval)
Opened: 26 Jan 2019
Booking from: 13 Apr 2019
Booking until: 13 Apr 2019

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

123 Reviews Add review

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... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 74 reviews, 1 helpful vote

It's never a bad idea for a musical introduction to get the audience into the mood for a play, and this 50's playlist, coupled with... More

mikes3 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

MrMHurst 5"9', 23 reviews, 14 helpful votes

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!... More

alices5 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely fantastic! A really good depiction of gender roles and sexism in the modern life. Really powerful script and the acting... More

edwoz 5'10", 40 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Liked the premise of the show - a couple trying to live their dream of a 1950s lifestyle but in contemporary Britain - and how that... More

alisonb 5'8", 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was a thought provoking and very enjoyable show, with everything slowly unravelling so you learn what is beyond the surface. Cleverly... More

chocoholics2005 4"10, 73 reviews, 0 helpful votes

lisawiedemann 172, 130 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

emilydiver 5"0, 261 reviews, 16 helpful votes