This House





‘a thrilling play that both relives history and transcends it’



‘the show is so lucid, fascinating and well-staged’



‘a treat and a triumph, this is a superlative night out’

Headlong associate Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) directs the long awaited West End transfer of political play This House. Following the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season, James Graham’s 2012 play is set to be the Garrick Theatre’s next instalment, opening for previews on November 19th 2016.

This House previously played two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, first opening at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. This House received unprecedented critical praise and was transferred to the Olivier Theatre for a longer run until May 2013. Now, the Westminster drama embarks on a run at Chichester Festival Theatre before heading into London’s West End.

Set between the fateful years of 1974 and 1979, which saw huge economic crisis and a hung parliament, This House takes place in the engine rooms of Westminster, where fist fights took place and votes were lost or won by one. Following turbulent times as Labour faced a vote of no confidence in James Callaghan’s government, Graham’s play delves behind the scenes of Parliament, studying the archaic traditions of previous politics. At a time when the country is beginning to question the current political system, This House strikes a relevant chord.

Don’t miss out on this pertinent play, which is marching into the West End after years of anticipating rumours. This House is set to open at London’s Garrick Theatre for a limited run beginning on November 19th 2016.

Cast and Creativethis-house_satellite

This House is directed by Jeremy Herrin, who has had recent astounding success with People, Places and Things. An associate of Headlong, Herrin has also directed The Nether, Absent Friends and Another Country. With a penchant for political drama, writer James Graham’s recent works include The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Channel 4’s Coalition. His play Privacy is set to open in New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Creative team includes the show’s original designer Rae Smith and features sound design by Ian Dickinson, lighting design by Paule Constable and movement by Scott Ambler.

Casting includes Phil Daniels (Les Miserables, EastEnders)Nathaniel Parker (Wolf Hall)Steffan Rhodri (The Mentalists, Harry Potter)Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Michael Cocks, Malcolm Sinclair as Humphrey Atkins, Sarah Woodward as Lady Batley, David Hounslow as Joe Harper, Ed Hughes as Fred Silvester and Lauren O’Neil (Silent Witness, Midsomer Murders) as Ann Taylor. Further cast members include Christopher Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner, Giles Taylor and Orlando Wells.

Show Lengths and Times

This House opens at the Garrick Theatre London on November 19th until February 25th 2017, with an official press night on November 30th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

This House is recommended for ages 14 and up.



Tickets for This House at the Garrick Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.


Have you seen This House? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. At the end of the play I was so overwhelmed by the whole evening that I had to give the cast a standing ovation. This is a 5 star production that deserves to win numerous awards, for the outstandingly good script, tight direction, fautlessly good cast and stunning set design, I could go on. It is a masterpiece in stage craft. It seamlessly transports you into the inner World of The House of Commons and makes a dry subject into something so cleverly witty & funny that you will be chuckling throughout the entire performance. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  2. Hello, I’m French and English speaking and I understand enough well this wonderful and cheerful play!
    Mise-en-scene, actors, humours.
    An insight look of the British politics!
    The idea to come and have a drink on the set was great too.
    The best way to enjoy a real English entertainment.
    During the intermission, the music, the drinks.. It’s much more fun than in France.
    Bravo and I really laugh.

  3. A really superb play. Excellent evocation of those times just pre-Thatcher. Really well wrwritten witty and intelligent. All cast were so good. In particular Phil Daniels, Nathaniel Parker and Kevin Doyle. The staging was also brilliant good touch having a live band too.
    Audience (packed even for a matinee) loved it we all came out feeling a buzz.

  4. Thoroughly enjoyable evening, the play was well structured, calling many events of the period in sufficient detail to get the memory running, but not so detailed as to get bogged down with a particular event. The live band were superb varying both style and intensity to suit the on stage action. All in all completely recommended!

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