This House UK Tour

23rd Feb 2018 - 2nd Jun 2018

Book Tickets

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Playing Bryden

By Barry McCarthy

Actor Barry McCarthy discusses his role as Bryden Thomas, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Playing Bruce

By Theo Cowan

Theo Cowan is being interviewed about his role in The Absence of War.

Actor Theo Cowan discusses his role as the Shadow Chancellor's minder Bruce in The Absence of War.

Playing Mary

By Amiera Darwish

Actor Amiera Darwish is being interviewed about her character Mary in The Absence of War.

Amiera Darwish discusses her role as Press Agent Mary Housego in The Absence of War.

Playing Charles and Linus

By Don Gallagher

Don Gallagher is being interviewed about his roles in the Absence of War.

Don Gallagher discusses his roles as Prime Minister Charles Kendrick and political commentator Linus Frank in The Absence of War.

Playing Lindsay

By Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte Lucas is being interviewed about her character Lindsay Fontaine in the Absence of War.

Charlotte Lucas talks about her role as PR expert Lindsay Fontaine in the Absence of War. See how Charlotte's view of the political world changed over the course of the play.

Playing Malcolm

By Gyuri Sarossy

Gyuri Sarossy talks about his role as Shadow Chancellor Malcolm Pryce in The Absence of War.

Gyuri Sarossy talks about his role as Shadow Chancellor Malcolm Pryce in The Absence of War. Do you have to like a character in order to play them? 

A Brief History of the Labour Party

BBC takes a look at the origins of the Labour party in Britain. 

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary - Week 5

By Hannah Banister

This week is Tech Week. Monday is a travel day, and I put it off until the last minute because I hate packing. I finally threw some stuff into a bag and trekked to St Pancras in time to be really early for my train to Sheffield. The entire creative team is housed on a block of corporate flats. I arrive and instantly feel like Hugh Grant. My place has the feel of a bachelor pad with a nice big comfy bed and leather sofas. My neighbours on either side are director Jeremy and designer Mike, and the close proximity is really handy for late night or early morning note sessions. During the busy technical rehearsal week and preview period, the work day stretches from first thing in the morning to late at night.

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary - Week 4

By Hannah Banister

The start of week four begins with the preparations to move to Sheffield. Production manager Cath and her team have already begun the move and a lot of the preparations in the theatre are already taking place. The “Get in” is happening over the course of this week. This is special time for the crew and production management team to work on stage while the actors and creative team aren’t in the space. This will involve a lot of building, drilling, and people up ladders focusing lights. This week is spent building the set precisely so that the mark up that we are using in rehearsals translates exactly to the stage. They build the floor and the truss, and then rig all the lights and speakers for the sound. The dressing rooms are prepped and waiting for their new inhabitants.

David Hare on Playwriting

By National Theatre

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary - Week 3

By Hannah Banister

This week has flown by. The second week ended with elation and giddiness after we finished a run through of the entire play. Now, everyone has a new focus and they are ready to go back and find more detail. Morale is good and the actors are working without their scripts in hand. I am acting as a second pair of eyes for Jeremy, moving from chair to chair to watch scenes from each side.

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary- Week 2

By Hannah Bannister

This week we have been discovering how this play fits in to the Crucible’s unique stage. It is a thrust stage and therefore we are playing to audience on three sides. In our rehearsal room our stage management team have provided a mark-up of the stage, furniture and props. What is great about the design is that we have three moving blinds and an LED screen upstage which give us great flexibility to create the various locations the play requires, quickly and easily.

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary - Week 1

By Hannah Banister

It is the first day of rehearsals and as I walk in, there is the bustle of what feels like hundreds of people all milling around in the rehearsal room at Copperfield Studio. It is a large hall with a high ceiling and there is a large table in the centre of the hall with scripts on it and chairs around it set up ready for the read through. The whole team is here: David Hare; the creative team designing set, costume, video, lighting, sound; and the production team. The producers from The Rose and The Crucible, who are co-producing, as well as Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Crucible, are here as well. Jeremy kicked the day off by saying a few words about the play and the production, and then everyone introduced themselves. We sat down to read through the play with the actors in the middle around the table and everyone else around the outside of the room.