Theater: This House – West End

Opened: September 18, 2012

Book by: James Graham

Original West End Cast: Phil Daniels, Reece Dinsdale, Vincent Franklin, David Hounslow, Lauren O’Neil, Julian Wadham, Charles Edwards, Ed Hughes, Gunnar Cauthery, Christopher Godwin, Andrew Havill, Helena Lymbery, Matthew Pidgeon, Giles Taylor, Tony Turner, Rupert Vansittart, Robin Bowerman, Charlie Buckland, Sarah-Jayne Butler, Antony Gabriel, Peter F. Gardiner, Fred Lancaster, Andrew McDonald, Jim Hustwit, Sam Edgington & Cristiano Castellitto

Based on real events but a fictional account, This House shows the behind-the-scenes drama of the British Parliament in a pivotal moment in history.

After the general election in February 1974, the Labour Party is the majority while the Conservative Party has to move into lesser offices. Their heated debates lead to the James Callaghan government’s vote of no confidence in 1979.

As an American, it was definitely hard keeping track of what was happening and how each party worked alongside each other with pairings, though some of it is similar to American politics.

However, the show was expertly acted. Vincent Franklin gives an impassioned performance as Labour Chief Whip Michael Cocks, while Lauren O’Neil stands strong as one of the few female characters.

Final say: It would be interesting to see again after studying up some. ★★☆☆☆

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