Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House, which opens at the West End’s Garrick Theatre on 30 November 2016, following previews from 19 November.
Phil Daniels, Kevin Doyle, David Hounslow, Ed Hughes, Lauren O’Neil, Nathaniel Parker, Steffan Rhodri, Malcolm Sinclair and Sarah Woodward lead the cast which also includes Christopher Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pigeon, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells.
This House will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, following its upcoming run at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre and having originally played two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin.
1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions.
Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, James Graham’s This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
Rae Smith’s design neatly installs the House of Commons into the Garrick Theatre including some seating on those famous benches for the audience. Lighting is by Paule Constable, choreography by Scott Ambler, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound by Ian Dickinson.
Produced by Nica Burns, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions and Headlong in association with Jonathan Church Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions. A National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.