Roger Allam in rehearsal for Donmar Warehouse production of Limehouse. London, 2017

First Look: Limehouse at Donmar Warehouse

Rehearsal images have been released of Steve Waters’ thrilling new political drama starring Roger Allam.

Steve Waters’ new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. The play imagines what happened when the ‘Gang of Four’ met in 1981 to break away from the Labour party and form the SDP.

The ‘Gang of Four’ will be played by Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins, Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen, Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers and Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams.

Nathalie Armin will play Debbie Owen, wife of David Owen and co-host of that momentous day in east London.

One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians – Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen – gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London. They are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?

Directed by Olivier Award-winning Polly Findlay, Limehouse is a fictionalised account of real events. It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

Limehouse will run from 2 March 2017 until 15 April 2017 At Donmar Warehouse.

📷 Main photo: Roger Allam in rehearsal for Limehouse | Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Jack Sain

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