West Yorkshire Playhouse presents the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production of James Graham’s hit political drama, This House.
The show examines the 1974 hung parliament, and promises to show a hilariously shocking behind the scenes glimpse of life in parliament.
The show, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 23rd February, is designed by Rae Smith. Having previously designed the brilliant The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, it’ll be interesting to see the design of this production which is undoubtedly far more ‘real’.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production has lighting design by Paule Constable and Ben Pickersgill on tour, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson.
This House is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle. The cast and creative team have a wealth of theatre experience, though the show lacks a ‘big name’ to draw in the crowds. However, having a star name attached to a show is often to the detriment of overall quality, so I’d suggest this cast are likely to be very strong performers.
Will I like This House?
I’m less interested in political dramas than I am in, say, book adaptations etc. Particularly in our political climate it’s rife for controversy and ‘clever for the sake of it’ dramatic techniques. If you saw (the fall of) The Master Builder last year, this one might be for you.