National Theatre Live: This House

This House

a new play by James Graham

Starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia), Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey) Julian Wadham (The Iron Lady)

Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Screening: 8 & 9 June*


*Check cinemas for additional sessions and variations Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including interval)

5 stars Daily Express, Daily Telegraph

4 stars Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, The Times

A funny and moving political epic.’ The Times

‘Astute, funny and hugely enjoyable.’ Financial Times

‘Jeremy Herrin’s production recaptures, with abundant theatricality, the mayhem of Westminster politics.’ Guardian


It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.

It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.

James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.



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