WHAT IS THIS HOUSE ABOUT?
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, James Graham’s 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.
WHO WROTE THIS HOUSE?
James Graham is an award-winning playwright, film and television writer. His play This House premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed sell-out runs with critical acclaim and admiration from current and former MP’s for his rendition of life in the Commons. It was broadcast internationally by NT Live and received nominations for the Evening Standard and Olivier Best Play awards.
James’s more recent work includes Privacy created with Josie Rourke for the Donmar Warehouse and receiving its New York premiere at the Public Theater this July, starring Daniel Radcliffe. His play Monster Raving Loony opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth this year and will transfer to Soho Theatre in May. The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day and has been nominated for a BAFTA. His Channel 4 drama Coalition also aired during the election and won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama. James has written the book for Finding Neverland with music by Gary Barlow. It opened on Broadway in April 2015. He remains a Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre.
His feature film X + Y opened in Spring 2015 after being selected for the Toronto International and London Film Festivals, winning James the Writer’s Guild Award for Best First Screenplay. It starred Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently working on a cinematic adaptation of 1984 for director Paul Greengrass.
THIS HOUSE CAST
THIS HOUSE CREATIVE TEAM
Writer – James Graham
Director – Jeremy Herrin
Designer – Rae Smith
Lighting Designer – Paul Constable
Sound Design – Ian Dickinson
Choreographer – Scott Ambler