James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama THIS HOUSE which played to sold-out houses at the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End will begin its first ever national tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 22 February – 10 March 2018 (press night tbc) before visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre (12 – 17 March), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 24 March), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (27 – 31 March), Nottingham Theatre Royal (10 – 14 April), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (16 – 21 April), The Lowry, Salford (24 – 28 April), Theatre Royal Plymouth (1 – 5 May), Norwich Theatre Royal (7 – 12 May), Malvern Theatres (14 – 19 May), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (21 – 26 May) and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (29 May – 2 June). The tour is supported by the Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson. Cast to be announced.
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, 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.
James Graham won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play of 2007 for Eden’s Empire. His recent plays include Ink (Almeida), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and The Bush) and Privacy (Donmar Warehouse). He has two new plays opening this year Quiz (Chichester) and Labour of Love (West End).
Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong, for which he has directed Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK Tour), The Absence of War (UK Tour) and The Nether (at the Royal Court and in the West End). For the National Theatre his directing credits include Common (A co-production with Headlong), The Plough and the Stars (co-directed with Howard Davies), People, Places & Things (A co-production with Headlong which transferred to the West End, begins a major UK tour in September and opens at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York in October), This House (Olivier nomination for Best Director), which transferred to Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End in a co-production with Headlong, and Statement of Regret. For the RSC he directed the world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which transferred to the West End in May 2014 and Broadway in March 2015 and for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and was nominated for an Olivier and Tony Award.
Jeremy will direct James Graham’s new play Labour of Love, a Headlong and Michael Grandage Company co-production, opening in the West End in September.
THIS HOUSE is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong.
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