Donmar Warehouse, London
Donmar Warehouse, London
Our Review 4 / 5

Steve Waters' thrilling new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. LIMEHOUSE is a fictionalised account of real events. It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale. This is Britain 1981. One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London. They are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

Previews from |
2nd March 2017
Opening date |
8th March 2017
Booking from |
8th July 2020
Available until |
15th April 2017
Closes |
15th April 2017
Categories |
Steve Waters
Polly Findlay
Jon Clark
Emma Laxton
Alex Eales
Cast list:
Roger Allam (Roy Jenkins), Nathalie Armin (Debbie Owen), Paul Chahidi (Bill Rodgers), Debra Gillett (Shirley Williams) and Tom Goodman-Hill (David Owen)
Other info:
Composer Rupert Cross

Donmar Warehouse Venue Information

Donmar Warehouse, Donmar Warehouse, London, WC2h 9LX
Venue Box Office:
0844 871 7624
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

Customer reviews

Our Review of Limehouse


The Donmar Warehouse have just seen two of the plays it premiered last year nominated for Best New Play for this year's Olivier Awards -- Elegy and One Night in Miami. They could already be in the running again next year with Steve Waters's Limehouse, the title of which refers to the East London home of politician David Owen and his American literary agent wife where, in 1981, a very public defection took place, as four leading members of the Labour Party founded a new breakaway... Read more

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