James Graham’s acclaimed political drama, This House, is coming back to London. The production, which twice played sell-out runs at the National Theatre, is spending the autumn in West Sussex before heading to the West End, it was announced today.
The NT and Chichester Festival Theatre production of This House, directed by Jeremy Herrin, is set to move into the Garrrick Theatre this November after a run in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre.
Writer, James Graham, said: “This House was a very surprising and completely remarkable experience for me when produced at the National three years ago.
“The idea that it’s going to find new audiences again is really brilliant and I’m so grateful. We’re no longer in a hung parliament – like the 1970s equivalent depicted in the play – but in some ways I think it’s become more relevant as more of us are deeply questioning the effectiveness and viability of our current political systems, here and around the world”.
Director, Jeremy Herrin added: “A play that looks at our democracy is always going to be timely, and there’s a joyful theatricality in the way This House represents our parliamentary process, with all its ludicrous quirks.
“The human drama in the middle of this system is represented movingly and with great generosity. There has always been such good will around this show, so it’s brilliant we can share it with more people at The Garrick, an appropriate stone’s throw from the House of Commons”. This House is set in 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 fi ghts 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.
This House runs at The Garrick Theatre from November 19 – February 25 and at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from September 23-October 29.
Watch the National Theatre’s 2013 trailer for the production: