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"House of Commons-style" on stage seats for This House released

Lizzie Guilfoyle

EXTRA on stage seating has now been released for James Graham’s This House, which runs at the Garrick Theatre from November 30, 2016 (previews from November 19) to February 25, 2017.

In keeping with the original design for the National Theatre, designer Rae Smith has reworked the Garrick Theatre to allow for on stage seating on “House of Commons-style” green benches.

Audiences will now be able to get closer to the action in director Jeremy Herrin’s production which captures the theatricality and mayhem of British politics. The on stage seats are priced from £10.

James Graham said: “The way Jeremy Herrin and designer Rae Smith have managed to replicate the chaos and atmosphere of the Commons in This House is thrilling to me. And for some lucky audience members to get up and close to the action, right there on the green benches, is I hope an even more exciting way to experience this show.”

Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, 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.

Production images from Chichester Festival Theatre

Read more about This House.

John Osbourne’s 1957 drama The Entertainer continues at the Garrick Theatre until November 12, 2016.