Preview: Home, I’m Darling transfers to the West End before UK tour

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The National Theatre and Theatr Clwyd’s critically acclaimed co-production of Home, I’m Darling will transfer to the West End, with Katherine Parkinson in the lead role.

Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950s housewife. Theatr Clwyd Artistic Director Tamara Harvey directs, with design by Anna Fleischle.

How happily married are the happily married? Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems.

Home, I’m Darling will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 26 January until 13 April 2019. Tickets for the West End transfer will go on sale on Friday 9 November. Home, I’m Darling then will tour to the Theatre Royal Bath and The Lowry, Salford, immediately following the West End run.

Home, I’m Darling sold out its previous runs at the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Theatr Clwyd iand the Dorfman Theatre. It has been nominated for Best Play in the 64th Evening Standard Awards.

Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director Tamara Harvey said, ‘I began this journey with two of the most glorious partners anyone could hope for in Laura Wade and Katherine Parkinson. Several years and children later, we realised Home, I’m Darling in what has been a very happy and collaborative co-production between Theatr Clwyd and the team at the National Theatre. It’s an utter privilege to have the opportunity to revisit the production in the West End and on tour. We are now joined by Fiery Angel, as well as the National Theatre, in realising these next steps, and it’s testament to the strength and quality of our home grown work in Wales, that our co-production will reach so many across the UK.’

NT Executive Director Lisa Burger said, ‘We so enjoyed making this hit co-production with Tamara and her team at Theatr Clwyd, the first time the NT and Theatre Clwyd had worked together, and now welcoming Fiery Angel into our partnership to take the show to the West End, Salford and Bath. That so many new plays from the National’s Dorfman Theatre find a further life in the West End is evidence of the skill of the playwrights and creative teams, and their ability to tap into the issues of the day. Laura Wade’s play is a fine example of this, beautifully brought to life, provoking its audiences to both laugh uproariously and reflect on how we lead our lives in the 21st century.’

Katherine Parkinson’s stage roles include Season’s Greetings for the National Theatre; Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre; Before the Party at the Almeida Theatre; Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre; School for Scandal at the Barbican; Cock and the Seagull at the Royal Court. Her television roles include Humans, The IT Crowd, Hang Ups, The Kennedys, The Honourable Woman, Inside Number 9, In the Club, Sherlock and Psychoville. In film she has appeared in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Boat that Rocked, St Trinians 2, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and Easy Virtue.

Laura Wade’s work includes Posh at the Royal Court and in West End, which was later turned into the film The Riot Club for which she wrote the screenplay; an adaptation of Tipping the Velvet at Lyric Hammersmith; Kreutzer vs Kreutzer; and an adaptation of WH Davies’ Young Emma which opened at the Finborough Theatre (where she was a Pearson Writer-in-Residence) in 2003, directed by Tamara Harvey. In 2006 Laura won the Pearson Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Colder Than Here and Breathing Corpses.

Tamara Harvey became Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd in 2015. Her work for the company includes Much Ado About Nothing, the première of Elinor Cook’s award-winning play, Pilgrims, David Hare’s Skylight and Peter Gill’s new version of Uncle Vanya. Before joining Theatr Clwyd Tamara was a freelance director for 15 years, working in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Beginning her career at Shakespeare’s Globe, she has also directed at, amongst others, Hampstead Theatre, Bush Theatre, St James Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Menier Chocolate Factory, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal Northampton and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

This production is supported by American Express, the National Theatre’s Preferred Card Partner.

Box Office information

Home, I’m Darling
Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG

26 January – 13 April 2019
Press night: Tuesday 5 February

Tickets from £18

Tickets go on sale to National Theatre members from 5 November, and to the general public on 9 November.
Book via nationaltheatre.org.uk / 020 7452 3000 or via ATG on 0844 871 7623*.

*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

Theatre Royal, Bath Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 April 2019
theatreroyal.org.uk / 01225 448844 Tickets on sale from: 29 November

The Lowry, Salford Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 April 2019
thelowry.com / 0843 208 6000 Tickets on sale from: 16 November

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