This House In tough times the British do what we have always done: muddle through

This House

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 10 Mar 2023 - Sat 18 Mar 2023
  • Location Tobacco Factory Theatres
  • Ticket prices

    £10 Concession
    £12 General
    £16 Pay It Forward

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“Flatter yourself if you want that they voted for you personally, but they didn’t. They voted for the party. Based on class. Based on economic group. Based on geography. Based on what their effing mums and dads used to vote for. Not you.”

Written by James Graham
Directed by Nik Partridge
Assistant directors Richard Bland & Lydia McKinley
Set Designer Marta Sitarz
Costume Designer Jasmine Thompson

UK politics is in crisis and the country is in economic peril. Fights break out in the Houses of Parliament and the government whips can barely contain the chaos. Sound familiar? Well this time, it’s 1974 and in this not so distant past, Westminster is at war with itself again.

A hung parliament and the tiniest of margins mean that those in power will do everything to just keep going. Even if that means wheeling in someone on their last legs or direct from the maternity ward.

In a time where every vote counts, James Graham’s explosive and biting political comedy-thriller This House – which premiered at the National Theatre in 2012 – introduces us to the farcical and fanatical world of 1970s Westminster. Just how far will these parties go for political survival?

Suitable for ages 14+

Cast

Walsall North / Rochester and Chatham / Rushcliffe / Newham North East Akim Bangura
Fermanagh / Bromsgrove / Ilford North / Abingdon / Hexham / Barber Samuel Bell
Humphrey Atkins Tommy Belshaw
Michael Cocks Peter Burley
Ann Taylor Georgia Cudby
Belfast West / Wolwich West / Coventry NW / Paisley / Lowestoft / Paramedic Conor Duran
Jack Weatherhill Archie Fisher
Peebles / Clockmaker / Plymouth Sutton / Liverpool Edge Hill / Henley Tom Canavan
Western Isles / Belfast North / Serjeant / South Ayrshire / Perry Barr Kerr Louden
Bob Mellish / Speaker Act 2 Tommy McAteer
Coventry SW / Lady Batley / Armagh / Welwyn and Hatfield / Speaker Act 1 Louise O’Dowd
Joe Harper Dudley O’Shaughnessy
Walter Harrison Francis Redfern
Fred Silvester Ephraim Sampson
Esher / Paddington South / Clerk / West Lothian / Paramedic Kurtis Thompson
Batley / Redditch / Merioneth / Stirlingshire West / Chelmsford Chris Williams

Creative and Technical

Directed by Nik Partridge*
Assistant directors Richard Bland & Lydia McKinley
Set Designer Marta Sitarz
Costume Designer Jasmine Thompson
Movement Director Joel Daniel*
Voice & Dialect Coach Sue Cowen*
Assistant Voice & Dialect Coach James Gillen and Lauren Davies
Production Manager Steve O’Brien*
Assistant Production Manager Maisy Harbert
Stage Manager Matthew Newcombe
DSM Zoe MacKinnon
ASM Iona Hicks
ASM Ebony Hayes
LX Designer Willow Digweed
Production LX Adrianne Broadgate
LX Op Lisa Viel-Vigneron
Sound Designer Tommy Karolyi
Sound Op Tommy Karolyi
Prop Making Supervisor Sally Strong
Prop Makers Emily South
Construction Manager Lewis Bamford
Construction Assistants Ziva Bucer, Jocelyn Chen, Jacob Clear, Tommy Karolyi, Muir McFadden, Lisa Viel-Vigneron
Costume Supervisor Grace Green
Costume Assistants Ava Harker, Bessy Mo, Lasya Purohoit, Rosie Gayner
Costume Makers Arthur Wyatt, Charly Riddett, Jo Kenney, Kim White

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018