This House to Transfer from the National's Cottesloe to Olivier in February 2013
By Mark Shenton
This House, a new play by James Graham set in Britain's House of Commons in the years between 1974 and 1979 when the Labour Party held a very slim majority, is to transfer from the National's smallest theatre, the Cottesloe, to the largest, the Olivier.
Currently playing a sold-out run in the Cottesloe through Dec. 1, it will resume performances in the Olivier Theatre in February 2013.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson. Casting will be confirmed at a later date.
According to press materials, 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."
Graham won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play of 2007 for Eden's Empire. Other plays include Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre and The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre.
Tickets for the Olivier run will go on sale during the next National Theatre booking period, with priority booking for members from Nov. 7 and public booking from Nov. 23. For more details, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.
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