This House at Garrick Theatre tickets
This House at Garrick Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended 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+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals
Opened: 19 Nov 2016
Press night: 30 Nov 2016
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 25 Feb 2017

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

21 Reviews Add review

A very funny and witty production written by James Graham. The cast were superb (particularly Nathaniel Parker and Phil Daniels).... More

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was interesting and has global interest as an examination of the problems with parliamentary systems of government. Thou... More

deborahkoren 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.

deborahkoren 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.... More

shaun 5"10, 55 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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.

shaun 5"10, 55 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Great acting and story. Must see.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 61 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great acting and story. Must see.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 61 reviews, 0 helpful votes

livb 5'6, 190 reviews, 41 helpful votes

livb 5'6, 190 reviews, 41 helpful votes

Good play about British politics.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 61 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Good play about British politics.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 61 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great political theatre. Very timely revival.

rhiev 5' 6", 154 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Great political theatre. Very timely revival.

rhiev 5' 6", 154 reviews, 12 helpful votes

An interesting look at british politics. Large ensemble cast and some very funny moments.

markeastaugh 6"1, 110 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An interesting look at british politics. Large ensemble cast and some very funny moments.

markeastaugh 6"1, 110 reviews, 1 helpful vote

ccix 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote

ccix 48 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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