The present day. A residential street in South East London. The house where reclusive siblings Peppy and Daniel were born is now stuffed full of everything they have ever owned. This hoard, their eccentric appearance and rampant garden hedge, set them conspicuously apart from others on their road.
When young Ben visits from next door he is simply looking for friendship; but what happens next challenges everyone’s idea of neighbourliness.
The House They Grew Up In is a tender, dark and funny look at a co-dependent relationship between a brother and a sister, and how they cope when the world bursts in on them. It explores how, in an age of anxiety, we live alongside those different to us.
Deborah Bruce’s first play was Godchild (Hampstead 2013); her second, The Distance, premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre and was revived there and in Sheffield in 2015 and nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Artistic Director of Headlong Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things, This House, The Nether) returns to Chichester.
A co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre
“We’re cooking now” - the perfect statement to round up week four of rehearsals (thanks Kevin) - and we really are cooking up a delicious pot of musical goodness. Every week we’re given new treats; a talented company, a rehearsal set, a trip to the Vench in Bristol and a new trailer. This week we were joined by our musicians and spent half a day, led by our composer Stephen, integrating the band and the company. I’m happy to report that they played nice. N’aww.
Headlong is delighted to announce a coproduction with the National Theatre of DC Moore’s stunning new play, Common and Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things transfers to New York with Denise Gough alongside a major UK tour with a new cast.
'A treat and a triumph, this is a superlative night out in the West End.’
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‘Jeremy Herrin’s superbly choreographed production’
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‘Riveting and highly relevant’
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‘The most intelligent, entertaining and informative political drama of this decade’
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‘In an age of Brexit and Trump, it serves as a reminder of the perennial challenges of democracy itself.’
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‘This House is a remarkable achievement for all concerned’
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Take your place in the House of Commons as extra on stage seating have now just been released for James Graham’s This House.
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 British politics.
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?
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
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‘This country is being kept alive on aspirin when what it needs is electric bloody shock therapy…’
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.
Check out Johan Persson's production photographs for This House at Chichester Festival Theatre.
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.
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).
Explore the timeline for This House
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.
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?
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.
Sam Pritchard directs a radical new staging of Bernard Shaw’s acute comedy Pygmalion, a hilarious and poignant tale of two opposites, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, trying to find a common language.
Pygmalion is a co-production between Headlong, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield, Southampton Theatres. It will open to press in Leeds before travelling to Warwick, Liverpool, Leicester, Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford, before finishing at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
The full cast is Alex Beckett (Henry Higgins), Ian Burfield (Alfred Doolittle), Gavi Singh Chera (Freddy Eynsford Hill), Flaminia Cinque (Mrs Pearce/Mrs Eynsford-Hill), Natalie Gavin (Eliza Doolittle), Racheal Ofori (Clara Eynsford-Hill), Liza Sadovy (Mrs Higgins), Raphael Sowole (Colonel Pickering).
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