This House New.

This House


Minerva Theatre


The National Theatre production in association with Chichester Festival Theatre and Headlong

Ferociously witty and permeated by a deep sense of the tragi-comic nature of all political systems

Daily Telegraph

A landslide success

Evening Standard

‘This country is being kept alive on aspirin when what it needs is electric bloody shock therapy.’

1974. The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament. In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes 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, James Graham’s 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.

This acclaimed play premiered at the National Theatre in 2012. Graham’s other work includes The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and also broadcast live on election night. Director Jeremy Herrin’s previous work at Chichester includes Uncle Vanya (2012) and Another Country (2013). He is Artistic Director of Headlong.

Get closer to the theatricality and mayhem of British politics with a limited number of tickets for House of Commons-style seating. These extra tickets - some of which will be on stage - offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Commons Chamber. The only question is, which side will you choose - left or right?

Following the Minerva Theatre run This House will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, London from 19 November. Visit for more information and to book.

Cast & Creatives


  • Phil Daniels

    Bob Mellish
  • Kevin Doyle

    Michael Cocks
  • Robert Gilbert

    Clockmaker, Redditch, Nuneaton, Peebles, Armagh, Ambulance Man, Stirlingshire West, Clerk and Ensemble
  • Christopher Godwin

    Batley, Woolwich West, Belfast North, Western Isles and Ensemble
  • David Hounslow

    Joe Harper
  • Ed Hughes

    Fred Silvester
  • Peter Landi

    Oxshott, Belfast West, St Helens and Ensemble
  • Lauren O'Neil

    Ann Taylor
  • Nathaniel Parker

    Jack Weatherill
  • Matthew Pidgeon

    Paddington South, Chelmsford, South Ayrshire, Henley, Merioneth, Coventry North West, Rushcliffe and Perry Barr
  • Steffan Rhodri

    Walter Harrison
  • Malcolm Sinclair

    Humphrey Atkins
  • Giles Taylor

    Speaker 1, Serjeant 2, West Lothian and Ensemble
  • Tony Turner

    Bromsgrove, Abingdon, Paisley, Fermanagh and Ensemble
  • Orlando Wells

    Walsall North, Plymouth Sutton, Speaker 2, Clerk and Ensemble
  • Sarah Woodward

    Rochester & Chatham, Coventry SW, Welwyn & Hatfield, Lady Batley and Ensemble

Creative Team

James Graham


Jeremy Herrin


Rae Smith


Paule Constable

Lighting Designer

Scott Ambler


Stephen Warbeck


Ian Dickinson

Sound Designer

Alastair Coomer

Casting Director


Sponsored by

Running Time
2 hrs and 45 mins including the interval
Please note Northgate Car Park closes between 6pm on 18 October and 12 noon on 21 October due to Sloe Fair