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Following two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and an upcoming run at Chichester Festival Theatre, James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House transfers to the Garrick Theatre this November.
Check out Johan Persson's production photographs for This House at Chichester Festival Theatre.
WRITTEN BY JAMES GRAHAM/ DIRECTED BY JEREMY HERRIN
Previews from 19 November 2016
Press Night Wednesday 30 November 2016, 7pm
Take your place in the House of Commons as extra on stage seating have now just been released for James Graham’s This House.
Book via our website here
In keeping with the original design for the National Theatre, designer Rae Smith has reworked the
Garrick Theatre to allow for on stage seating on “House of Commons-style” green benches. Get closer
to the action in director Jeremy Herrin’s production which captures the theatricality and mayhem of
James Graham said “The way Jeremy Herrin and designer Rae Smith have managed to replicate the
chaos and atmosphere of the Commons in This House is thrilling to me. And for some lucky audience
members to get up and close to the action, right there on the green benches, is I hope an even more
exciting way to experience this show.”
James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House will transfer to the Garrick Theatre,
following its run at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. Having originally played two sell-out seasons at the
National Theatre, directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, This House opens for previews
on 19 November, with a press night on Wednesday 30 November 2016.
Phil Daniels, Kevin Doyle, David Hounslow, Ed Hughes, Lauren O’Neil, Nathaniel Parker, Steffan Rhodri,
Malcolm Sinclair and Sarah Woodward lead the cast which also includes Robert Gilbert, Christopher
Godwin, Peter Landi, Matthew Pigeon, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells.
It's 1974. And Westminster is about to go to war with itself. Set in the engine rooms of the House of
Commons, James Graham's This House dives deep into the secret world of the Whips who roll up their
sleeves and go to often farcical lengths to influence an unruly chorus of MPs within the Mother of all
In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, fist fights break out in the parliamentary bars, highstake
tricks and games are played, while sick or dying MPs are carried through the lobby to register
their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread.
Produced by Nica Burns, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions and Headlong in association with
Jonathan Church Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and TC Beech Ltd.
A National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre production.
Photography: Johan Persson
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.
‘This country is being kept alive on aspirin when what it needs is electric bloody shock therapy…’
Explore the timeline for This House
Common, a world premiere by DC Moore, will be directed by Jeremy Herrin in the Olivier Theatre.
In the early days of the Industrial Revolution, the common land of England is under threat. An epic new history play by DC Moore co-produced with Headlong. This new production is part of the 2017 Travelex £15 ticket season.
'We want at the end of an hour and 40 minutes for the audience to have that same sense of a visceral face-punch.'
Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan discuss adapting George Orwell's 1984 for the stage with Dominic Cavendish.
One of my favourite parts of the rehearsal process is the technical rehearsal. This is where the company leaves the safety of the rehearsal room and moves into the theatre. We start at the top of the show and work slowly through to incorporate all the various technical elements (Lights, sound, costume, wigs etc) into the show. This process takes around three days.
It’s 1979, rubbish is on the streets of Lockleaze, and growing up is tricky for Fiz, Higgy, Ginger and Flip. Rick remembers what it’s like to be a teenager. So when he decides to build a junk playground, he’s pretty sure he has the charisma to get a bunch of reluctant kids involved. He’s wrong. Who’d want to join in building a f***ing playground?
Inspired by the true story behind the Lockleaze playground known ‘The Vench’ established over 30 years ago and still operating today, Junkyard is a story about Bristol, for Bristol from BAFTA Award-winning writer and Bristolian Jack Thorne (Skins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Evening Standard Award-winning director Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall). Featuring a score by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love), this brilliantly honest and witty new musical is a coming-of-age story about friendship and standing up for what matters.
A Co-Production with Bristol Old Vic, Rose Theatre Kingston & Theatr Clwyd
The clock in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament was built to be one of the most reliable clocks in the world. It has, however, stopped serveal times since it first started telling the time on 31 May 1859. Find out more about the stories behind why it stopped.
One flower girl. Two experts. Free lessons. Six months. Duchess required.
Over one hundred years after it was written, a radical new co-production explores one of the most celebrated comedies of the 20th Century, Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
‘The science of speech. That’s my profession. I can place any man within six miles. I can place him within two miles in London. Sometimes within two streets.’
Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where we can be digitally altered within seconds. Through video and sound technology, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us - how much do our voices still define who we are?
A game for you to play on a smartphone, made by Headlong and Coney, living in the world of People Places & Things by Duncan Macmillan.
What is your relationship with your smartphone like? Are you constantly checking it? Do you feel like your left arm is missing when you’re without it? Are you concerned that you might have become addicted?
Never fear. Help is at hand.
The rehab centre that Emma checks into in People, Places & Things has just released a handy free online service that helps you manage your relationship with your smartphone more successfully.
Chat to an AI therapist who can quickly diagnose your problems. Learn more about both yourself and your behaviour through taking part in a number of personalised role plays. Discover what you’re like, what she’s like, what your relationship with your smartphone is actually like.
Members of both Houses register their vote for or against issues by physically going into two different areas either side of their debating chambers. This is known as 'dividing the House', while the areas concerned are 'division lobbies'. Therefore, a vote is called a 'division'.
Headlong is delighted to announce that Chloe Mashiter has won Headlong’s Digital Artist Award.
Chloe will be working alongside the company’s creatives to design an audio game that explores our personal responsibility towards victims of conflict.
Chloe Mashiter is a writer and director and is currently the Laboratory Associate Director for the Nuffield Theatre. Her work on stage includes Inheritance (Plymouth Fringe Festival), A Doll’s House (Dissolve Theatre) and Mummuration (Camden’s Peoples Theatre).
Prof Alex Callinicos reveals how Orwell's politics and the world in which he lived shaped his vision of 1984.
To find out more about how Orwell's politics and the world in which he lived shaped his vision of 1984, watch the full length version of this video at www.digital-double.com.
Headlong and the Guardian newspaper have joined forces to interrogate the Brexit vote. In a series of short films to be broadcast on the Guardian website, leading theatre voices from across the UK will look at both sides of the argument to find out what happened, why and what the consequences could be?
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