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Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 19 Nov 2016
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 25 Feb 2017
Duration: 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals
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  • joc78 5"4 female 165 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating This House, 6th January 2017
    A very funny and witty production written by James Graham. The cast were superb (particularly Nathaniel Parker and Phil Daniels). I saw this production four years ago at The National and I think it worked better in that theatre then in the cramped confines of The Garrick. Still, it was a funny show where I still learnt an awful lot about UK politics in the 1970s
    Sat in Stalls W5
    A disappointing seat. There is a pillar to the left of the stage which can impede your view. For this particular production, a lot of the scenes take place quite high up. Due to the overhang of the dress circle above it means your view is severely restricted and you can't see anything high up on stage. I didn't even realise a band were situated up there!
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  • deborahkoren 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating This House, 21st November 2016
    The show was interesting and has global interest as an examination of the problems with parliamentary systems of government. Though democracies are by far the best systems of government, they still are flawed, and you can see that in this show. I'm not British, and therefore I missed many of what I assumed to be witty remarks and references to politicians' behaviors (but I noticed that many such lines did not get the whole theatre laughing, so maybe it is a generational thing, too). The program helped explain some terms and concepts. The acting was superb as was the set. I and my spouse selected this play because we wanted to see something British, not an import from Broadway, and this certainly fit the bill and I am not at all sorry about our choice.
    The seat was comfortable enough, but I had to lean forward to see well, so I sacrificed some comfort to see. The view was good enough, if I leaned forward.
  • didi1543 5'4" 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating This House, 20th January 2017
    Sat in Stalls X2
    This seat was £23.75 for This House. I have to say that the view is pretty darn poor from X2. Being in Row X, I felt really far from the stage. Also, there is a big overhang that covers the top half of the stage. This might not be a problem for some shows, but it did block out a few scenes in This House. Finally, there is a little pole blocking the middle of the stage, though the pole was so far away that it wasn't a big deal (I did have to get used to moving my head from side to side throughout the show). It's a testament to how good the play was that I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I was sitting in this abysmal seat.
  • shaun 5"10 male 39 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating This House, 22nd November 2016
    This House is an interesting and funny look into the Hung Parliament of the 1970's and the role of both the Tory and Labour Whips. Occasionally the jokes and the portrayals feel a bit dated like their subject matter, but it still holds its own and gets a good few laughs. Jeremy Herrin’s direction stops the huge amount of MPs and various rules and traditions from being too overwhelming. It could be a lot better however – the middle feels an overlay long reputation of the same situations, while no characters are ever really developed enough for you to become attached to.
    Sat in Stalls F21
    The seat is a bit to the side of the theatre but you can still see the whole stage okay, without any real restrictions. Legroom is sufficient but nothing special and may be a bit cramped if you are taller, and comfort is perfectly fine.
THIS HOUSE SEATING PLAN
The Garrick Theatre offers relatively good views throughout the theatre. Sit in the mid-front of the Stalls or Dress Circle for the best view. Avoid the back of the Stalls or the very ends of the rows as the overhang really does hinder the view.
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STORY
Prolific director Jeremy Herrin brought his political play This House to London’s Garrick Theatre, for a highly acclaimed run. After two smash-hit runs at the National Theatre, the production had long been rumoured to appear on the West End, impressing audiences and critics alike. With a preliminary run at Chichester Festival Theatre, This House transferred to the Garrick Theatre London for a limited run, having started performances on November 19th.

Written by James Graham, This House is a pertinent drama that delves into the sinister behind-the-scenes of Parliament. Set in 1974 Westminster, the production takes place in a time of political turbulence, when James Callaghan’s government received a vote of no confidence, fist-fights took place and laws were decided by one single vote. Over four decades on, This House remains strikingly relevant, particularly at a time when politics are at the forefront of public discussion.

Premiering in 2012 at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre, This House was written by Graham and directed by Herrin, who has recently enjoyed success with hard-hitting drama People, Places and Things. Now, the duo team up again to present the West End run. Graham is best-known for his work on The Vote, which aired on election night, and his upcoming hit Privacy, as well as Finding Neverland, whilst Herrin has enjoyed Broadway success with The Nether and Another Country.

This House starred Nathaniel Parker as Jack Weatherill. Parker is best known for starring in the title role in the TV series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, as well as his stage roles in hugely successful productions such as The Audience and Wolf Hall, the latter of which he won an Olivier Award for. He was joined by Steffan Rhodri (known for his role in Gavin & Stacey and stage work such as The Hairy Ape) as Walter Harrison and Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Scum and Meantime) as Bob Mellish.

This House featured lighting design by Paul Constable, sound design by Ian Dickinson and movement by Scott Ambler, with design by Rae Smith, who worked on the previous run at the National Theatre and won plaudits for recreating Parliament inside the theatre. Commenting on the current climate of politics, This House remained startlingly appropriate for today’s audience. Having opened at London’s Garrick Theatre, the production began performances on November 19th and played until February 25th 2017.
SUITABLE FOR
Fans of the previous production will enjoy seeing it in London’s West End. Those who enjoy political dramas such as The Vote will find this stage show very pertinent.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 14+
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