Watch: National Theatre at Home – This House
- Arusa Qureshi
- 22 May 2020
NT Live's new at home programme continues with James Graham's thrilling political play
The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with the broadcast of James Graham's acclaimed 2012 political play This House, which has had sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End, as well as a successful UK tour. This timely and often comical insight into British politics centres around the general election of 1974 and the resulting hung parliament, offering a look at a chaotic era of political history, and in particular, the Labour party's struggle to survive. With the party hanging on with a slim majority, the play tracks the actions of the squabbling whips and their desire to do whatever it took to gain control of the parliament, from backstabbing and infighting to compromises and power games.
As we wrote when the show toured in 2018: 'In his introduction to the play, Graham professes his fascination with research, and discovering the reality of what Alan Bennett called the time when history "rattles over the points". This House is a dramatisation of reality, but, says Graham, "my only fear is that adding the necessary warning – "this is a dramatisation inspired by real events" – might lead an audience to think I had changed more than I have."'
Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things), the play was filmed live on stage in 2013 at the National Theatre.
Watch This House from 7pm on Thursday 28 May for one week.
With theatres around the UK and beyond remaining closed as lockdown continues, companies and venues are doing their bit to keep audiences at home connected and entertained as best as possible. London's National Theatre announced their National Theatre at Home programme last month, giving audiences the weekly opportunity to enjoy world-class theatre while the venue is closed. And with huge numbers tuning in every week, the initiative has been a great success. So far, we've been treated to streams of One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Cordon, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Inua Williams' Barber Shop Chronicles, and most recently, the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson.
Keep up with the National Theatre's weekly streams on their YouTube channel.