Age Restriction: Suitable for ages 14+
One of the most talked-about political dramas of recent years makes a welcome return to a London stage in November 2016 as the Headlong Theatre’s Jeremy Herrin directs This House at the Garrick Theatre. Taking audiences on a trip back to the turmoil engulfing British politics in the 1970s, we explore the back room dealings of whips and fellow MPs as they attempt to solve a crisis that will shape the country for a generation.
Penned by James Graham, the show previously played to critical acclaim at the Cottesloe and Olivier National Theatre and now takes its deserved place on a West End stage.
The 1970s saw many Prime Ministers come and go and This House focuses on the events during the leaderships of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan from 1974 to 1979. We begin with the 1974 election that resulted in a hung parliament in the House of Commons and unlike the coalition government that formed in 2010, the Labour government of the time was unable to strike a deal, leading to another election later that year. Wilson returned to office at that time but was eventually replaced by Callaghan and we continue through to the period at the end of the decade in which Callaghan was forced to call a general election on the back of a vote of no confidence, an event that would lead to the election of Margaret Thatcher.
Writer James Graham has been behind various shows in the capital during his successful career. The young talent has presented many of these plays at the Finborough Theatre, from 2005’s Albert’s Boy to 2010’s The Man, whilst his other credits include Sixty Six Books at the Bush Theatre, Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse and The Vote, also at the Donmar Warehouse.
This House was a particular triumph for him, it being staged twice at the prestigious National Theatre, but now he gets the honour of seeing his work in the West End, which will undoubtedly propel him to even further heights.
The production will provide a gripping tale for political aficionados when it opens its doors at the Garrick Theatre on Wednesday 30th November 2016 (with previews from Saturday 19th November 2016).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 1st December 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 25th February 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours 55 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Suitable for ages 14+|
|Wed:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
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