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This House

Closed February 25, 2017

This House is a thoroughbred crowdpleaser, lampooning - without tipping into spoof - a political system that is flawed but somehow still functioning.

The Guardian

Why See This House?

POLITICAL Scheming At Its best

Delve into the murky world of 1970s politics in The House, which finally makes its West End debut after two sell-out runs at the National Theatre. Written by James Graham (Privacy), this riveting play takes place during the hung parliament of 1974 and follows the backroom deals, arguments and even fist fights which kept the country's government from crumbling into complete chaos.

This production, which is thoroughly researched, bitingly satirical and deeply comic, takes a poke at the often absurd nature of political systems and their inhabitants. It's directed by Jeremy Herrin, who was also at the helm of this year's most buzzed about play, People, Places & Things.


This House begins in 1974. The political landscape in Britain is tense, to say the least. On the brink of an economic crisis, Labour's power is hanging by a thread. The play puts the inner workings of government under a microscope; backroom cabinet staff seek to win minor battles which are just as heated as anything in main-stage politics. It's behind-the-scenes political machination at its best.

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Previews from: 30 October 2016

Opening night: 19 November 2016


Ages 14+

Run time

2 hours and 55 minutes, including one intermission

And before you stop reading

Images are taken from the 2013 National theatre production. Casting for this production has yet to be announced.

Cast and Creative


Phil Daniels as Bob Mellish
Kevin Doyle as Michael Cocks
David Hounslow as Joe Harper
Ed Hughes as Fred Silvester
Lauren O’Neil as Ann Taylor
Nathaniel Parker as Jack Weatherill
Steffan Rhodri as Walter Harrison
Malcolm Sinclair as Humphrey Atkins
Sarah Woodward as Lady Batley
Christopher Godwin
Peter Landi
Matthew Pigeon
Giles Taylor
Tony Turner
Orlando Wells


Written James Graham
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

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