It has been announced that James Graham’s political drama will embark on a UK tour in 2018, opening at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on the 22nd February. 

THIS HOUSE
Steffan Rhodri and Nathaniel Parker. (c) Johan Persson. 

Having played at the  National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End,  Jeremy Herrin’s production will embark on its first UK tour from February 2018.

The tour will visit: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (22 February – 10 March), Cambridge Arts Theatre (12 – 17 March), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 24 March), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (27 – 31 March), Nottingham Theatre Royal (10 – 14 April),Birmingham Repertory Theatre (16 – 21 April), The Lowry, Salford (24 – 28 April), Theatre Royal Plymouth (1 – 5 May), Norwich Theatre Royal (7 – 12 May), MalvernTheatres (14 – 19 May), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (21 – 26 May) and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (29 May – 2 June).

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 fights 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.

Produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong, This House features designs by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.

James Graham won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play of 2007 for Eden’s Empire. His plays include Ink (Almeida), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and The Bush) and Privacy (Donmar Warehouse) .

Meanwhile, Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong, for which he has directed Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK Tour), The Absence of War (UK Tour) and The Nether (at the Royal Court and in the West End).

For full tour details visit: https://headlong.co.uk/productions/house-uk-tour/

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