This House by James Graham transfers to Olivier in Feb


The sold out National Theatre production of This House, by James Graham, which is currently running at the small Cottesloe Theatre, with Phil Daniels, will transfer to the larger Olivier Theatre in Feb 2013. (Public booking opens 23 Nov).

Casting for the transfer is to be to be confirmed.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the play had its first performance at the small Cottesloe Theatre on 18 Sep 2012, where it runs to 1 Dec 2012. The sold out run has received good notices from the popular press: "It’s a fresh and energetic piece." (Evening Standard); "The staging is fun and pacy." (Daily Mail); "I had a thoroughly good time." (The Guardian).

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.

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