This House at The Garrick:
James Graham’s critically acclaimed political drama This House, directed by Headlong’s Jeremy Herrin opens at the Garrick theatre after two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre in 2012. Set in 1974 in the engine rooms at Westminster. This is a meticulously observed and remarkably funny look at the political playground during Harold Wilson’s delicate majority Labour government, and it’s desperate attempts to cling to power. Two opposing teams of whips vie for control, courting the minority parties in hope of their votes.
There are some brilliant and characterful performances, in particular from Phil Daniels in the role of Bob Melish, Kevin Doyle of Downtown Abbey fame as Michael Cox and a Nathaniel Parker plays a suitably slimy Jack Witherall. Rae Smith’s design concept was slick with immediately transports you to the heart the House of Commons and the live band playing punk tunes and other songs of the era adds another more edgy dimension to the whole show.
James Graham’s excellent crowd-pleaser of a play is remarkably resonant with today’s political climate, and has with the ability to make us laugh in the face of adversity and chaos.
This House is at the Garrick Theatre London until February 25th 2017, Performances are at 7:30pm every day excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.