This House

23rd Sep 2016 - 25th Feb 2017

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13th Sep 2013 - 29th Oct 2016

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme - Reviewed

''A deeply affecting production'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'So powerful, so moving and so important'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'Rich, beautiful and compelling '
★ ★ ★ ★

'Herrin's production has...made something that is both elegiac and heroic in every way.'
★ ★ ★ ★

What's She Like

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.


This House - Rehearsal Diary Week 1

Research, research, research! We've covered so much ground during the first week of This House rehearsals. As you might expect with a play so steeped in the history of British politics, our first week has been predominantly focused on finding out what the hell was going on between 1974 and 1979 in UK politics.

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

A major new co-production between Citizens Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Headlong and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse of Frank McGuinness’ iconic play.

On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Battle of the Somme.

In the extraordinary circumstances of WWI, eight ordinary men are changed, changed utterly…

This iconic war play by Frank McGuinness is a powerful portrayal of mortality, love and loss.

What more have we to tell each other?

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This House - West End

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.

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Beyond Language

“It’s beyond language.” So speaks ex-clergyman Christopher Roulston in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. For McGuinness, the limitations of language are both restriction and liberation, something to be railed against as much as it is to be manipulated.

1984 - West End

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.


Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme - Somme Diary

As this year marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, there was always the hope that we’d be able to perform the play in France as part of the centenary commemorations. We knew how special this opportunity would be, but making it happen was always going to be really difficult. Headlong and the Abbey Theatre had been doing site visits for over a year, talking to the French Embassy, the Irish Embassy, figuring out practicalities and sorting through some really complex logistics.

1984 West End - Rehearsal Diary Week 4

The final week in the rehearsal room began with detailed notes and reflection on the first run, and a second run to try and incorporate this feedback.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan on 1984

'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.

George Orwell and 1984

Professor Alex Callinicos is interviewed in his university office.

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 1984watch the full length version of this video at

Is Gender Just a Performance?

Panelists Adjoa Andoh, Asifa Lahore and Rebecca Root joined us for a BushGreen Live Debate inspired by our co-production with Headlong Boys Will Be Boys. ead by our Associate Dramaturg Rob Drummer, the panel discussed gender performativity, what it is to be transgender and the subversive and celebratory power of drag.

The Sons of Ulster are still marching towards the Somme

As the whistle blew in Thiepval wood at 7:30 am on 1st July 2016, the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division began their march in to no-man’s land under a hail of German bullets. Today, their ghosts are still marching on banners and on gable walls throughout Northern Ireland.

Digital Spy

1984 is even more relevant and scary after Brexit, says stage star Catrin Stewart

"It feels so relevant - especially at such a weird time of uncertainty and division."

Gender Trouble

In her book Gender Trouble, Judith Butler identifies an unsettling problem at the heart of the idea of feminism. Feminism, she argues, imagines the idea of ‘women’ as a common identity that all women share and that unites them all. But where does our idea of what ‘women’ are come from

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