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This House National Theatre stream

James Graham’s This House available to stream tonight

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

This House is the latest play to be streamed as part of the National Theatre at Home series, which will be available to watch this evening. James Graham's acclaimed play explores British politics in the 1970s, directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Set in a tumultuous period in British parliamentary history, fist fights, economic crises and a hung parliament are just some of the issues faced by politicians in This House. As influential figures seem to be dying at an alarming rate, upheld traditions begin to affect the future of the nation.

First performed at the Cottlesoe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre) in September 2012 for a 12-week run, the play transferred to the Olivier Theatre in February 2013, including a filmed performance in May 2013.

The cast includes Phil Daniels as Labour whip Bob Mellish, Vincent Franklin as Labour chief whip Michael Cocks, Reece Dindale as Labour deputy chief whip Walter Harrison, Lauren O'Neil as Labour whip Ann Taylor,and Richard Ridings as Labour whip Joe Harper.

Conservative whips are played by Ed Hughes as Fred Silvester, Charles Edwards as deputy chief whip Jack Weatherill and Julian Wadham as chief whip Humphrey Atkins.

The cast is completed by Gunnar Cauthery, Christopher Godwin, Andrew Havill, Helena Lymbery, Matthew Pidgeon, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner and Rupert Vansittart.

In LondonTheatre.co.uk's 2013 review of This House, Peter Brown said: "James Graham's well-researched, well-written script has an authentic ring to it, and is satirically humorous thanks to some neat gags. It highlights the obvious class distinctions between the two groups of whips but paints a rather dire portrait of British politicians, and by extension politicians in general... It would be hard to see how Jeremy Herrin's direction could be bettered."

The stream will be available to watch from 7pm on 28th May, and will be online for seven days. You can also watch This House via the link below. Photo credit: Johan Persson

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