This House

Garrick Theatre

This House

19 Nov 2016 - 25 Feb 2017

£20.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it's a period when votes in the House of Commons are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions.

Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes: the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

West End transfer following two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and a 2016 upcoming run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Read the reviews of the 2012 NT premiere


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“Time has done nothing to diminish its exuberant impact – or its sobering pertinence... A remarkable achievement.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Magnificently sharp and witty... Masterful all over again, in this ebullient new production... A landslide success... Inspired.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Rich in humour and sentiment... Thrilling production... truly an ensemble effort without a weak link in sight.”

Theo Bosanquet (Time Out, What's On Stage)

“Enthralling play... Brilliantly captures the daily machinations of politics... Engrossing... Superbly choreographed production.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Astonishingly perceptive, funny, and thoughtful reconstruction of the mid-70s years... It still bites, perhaps even more now.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“It’s unnerving how real this play about the machinations of a hung parliament feels... Riveting and highly relevant.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Has lost none of its freewheeling exuberance... A play of astonishing, virtuoso complexity... There’s never a dull moment.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Welcome return of pertinent, witty political comedy set among warring Whips.”

Heather Neill (The Stage, Arts Desk)

“The most intelligent, entertaining and informative political drama of this decade... Lucid, fascinating and well-staged.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Dazzlingly intelligent, scrupulously well-researched... Funny and moving... Richly alive to the grotesque comic absurdity.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A fascinating account of the mechanisms of parliamentary democracy, symbolised by the innards of Big Ben looming over all.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Continues to fly high as a crowd pleaser and modern political fable... A brilliant script.”

Joe Vesey-Byrne (Independent)

“Full of smarts and entertainment value for right now, and it's played with huge relish by a tip-top cast.”

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