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This House - National Theatre UK Tour

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Political comedy about hung parliament
James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama about the 1974 hung parliament is heading to several theatres in the Midlands as part of its UK tour.

This House, National Theatre, UK Tour, Birmingham Rep, Malvern Theatres, Photo credit Johan Persson
Comedy and drama from the corridors of power

This House, a production by the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, is set in the corridors of Westminster during one of Britain's most chaotic political periods.

Stop-offs in the Midlands will see the play performed at Nottingham Theatre Royal from April 10 to 14, Birmingham Repertory Theatre from April 17 to 21 April and Malvern Theatres from May 15 to 19.

The scene is set in 1974, when infighting within Britain's political parties' was rife resulting in even fist fights in the parliamentary bars. This comedy-drama strips politics down to the practical realities, from the whips to the MPs.

This House, UK Tour, Birmingham Rep, National Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Johan Persson
This House is set during a hung parliament in the 1970's

The play is directed by Jeremy Herrin, who was nominated as Best Director in the 2013 Olivier Awards for his work on This House at the National Theatre. Herrin went on to direct the successful adaptations of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

This House gives us a timely, moving and often amusing insight into the workings of British politics and has a live band on stage that plays music from that era.

The cast includes actors who appeared in This House during its stint in London's West End including Ian Houghton, David Hounslow, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells.

This House, UK tour, Johan Persson, Birmingham Rep, Malvern Theatres, National Theatre
This House comes to the Midlands following success in the West End

Joining them on the tour will be Ian Barritt, William Chubb, Giles Cooper, Stephen Critchlow, James Gaddas, Natalie Grady, Marcus Hutton, Harry Kershaw, Louise Ludgate, Geoffrey Lumb, Nicholas Lumley, Martin Marquez, Miles Richardson, Tony Turner and Charlotte Worthing.

This House - UK Tour

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Until 10 March

Cambridge Arts Theatre
13 - 17 March

Theatre Royal Bath
19 - 24 March

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
27 - 31 March

Nottingham Theatre Royal
10 - 14 April

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
17 21 April

The Lowry, Salford
24 - 28 April

Theatre Royal, Plymouth
1 - 5 May

Norwich Theatre Royal
8 - 12 May

Malvern Theatres
15 - 19 May

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
22 - 26 May

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
29 May 2 June
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When: Touring April to May in the Midlands
Phone: 0121 236 4455
Where: UK tour including Birmingham Rep Theatre and Malvern Theatres
Cost: From 15
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