Thursday, May 30 - 7:00pm
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.
‘A funny and moving political epic. Another hit is born.’ The Times
‘Astute, funny and hugely enjoyable.’ Financial Times
‘James Graham’s superb new drama held everyone enthralled throughout... Funny, touching and cliff-hanglingly suspenseful.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Jeremy Herrin’s production recaptures, with abundant theatricality, the mayhem of Westminster politics.’ Guardian
‘There is a thrilling tang of authenticity about the piece. This, you feel, must have been what it was really like.’ Daily Telegraph
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
Thursday, June 27 - 1:30pm
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. THE AUDIENCE breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister.
THE AUDIENCE is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.