Jeremy Herrin Directs This House at the Garrick Theatre
The Garrick Theatre is currently the home of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season, which continues with Romeo & Juliet shortly, with The Entertainer to follow. But by November the venue will be setting its sights elsewhere and we now have indication that it will turn to James Graham’s play This House from November, with Jeremy Herrin directing a production that had great success at the National back in 2012.
This House is a look at the political world of the 1970s, focusing on a turbulent political time that saw Prime Ministers in the forms of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. It begins in the first of 1974’s elections that resulted in a hung parliament and ends in 1979 when James Callaghan was forced to call a general election following a vote of no confidence. During this time we see behind the scenes as we witness politicians and civil servants work their magic in a time of great crisis for the UK. May real life political figures are either portrayed onstage or are referenced.
The show was a critical darling when it ran at the Cottesloe and Olivier National Theatres and earned James Graham great praise. It was directed by Jeremy Herrin, who returns to direct the production during its new West End run and this will ensure enormous interest for the Garrick Theatre when it opens in November.
Herrin is known as the Artistic Director of the Headlong Theatre Company and has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Direction for This House when it ran at the National. His other credits include Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies at the Aldwych Theatre, The Nether at the Royal Court Theatre and Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre, amongst many acclaimed others.
So political aficionados and eager theatregoers will be right at home with This House as it makes a welcome return to the capital. The upcoming production is set to run over the Christmas and New Year season when it opens on Wednesday 30th November 2016 (previews from Saturday 19th November 2016) and continues to February.