09 Sep 2010 - 06 Nov 2010

World Premiere

House of Games

By David Mamet

Directed By Lindsay Posner

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“This is a confidence game, not because you give me your confidence, but because I give you mine."

Harvard-educated psychoanalyst Margaret Ford is celebrated for her best selling book ‘Driven! Compulsion and Obsession in Every Day Life’. 

Stepping in to help one of her patients settle his gambling debts, she compromises her professional reputation and is drawn into the seedy underworld of the House of Games poker club.

Seduced by charismatic hustler Mike, Margaret convinces herself that she can make an academic study of the con. Before she realises it, Margaret is entangled in a fast-paced complex thriller. 

The renowned American author, playwright and screenwriter, David Mamet received the Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross and Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. As a screenwriter, he has been Oscar nominated for The Verdict and Wag the Dog. He wrote the screenplay for The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Untouchables.




Dates & Tickets

Evening performances: 7.30pm
Wednesday matinees: 2.30pm on 20 Oct & 3 Nov
Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 18 Sep

Nancy Caroll

Dr Margaret Ford

For The Almeida Waste; King Lear.

Theatre includes: After The Dance; The Enchantment; Man Of Mode; The Vosey Inheritance; The False Servant; The Talking Cure (National Theatre); Arcadia (Duke of Yorks); Coward, Cocktails and Cabaret; The Lady’s Not For Burning (Chichester Festival Theatre); See How They Run (Duchess Theatre); You Never Can Tell (Garrick Theatre); Mammals (Bush Theatre); Still Life / Astonished Heart (Liverpool Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible); Twelfth Night; Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; As You Like It; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; The Winter’s Tale (RSC); Hamlet (Bristol Old Vic).

Television includes: Midsummer Murders; Doctors; Dalziel and Pascoe; Holby; Cambridge Spies; The Gathering Storm; The Bill; In Search of Shakespeare.

Film includes: Iris; An Ideal Husband.

Radio includes: Villette; Fatal Loins; Words and Music.

House of Games Production Photos

House of Games Production Photos

House of Games Production Photos

House of Games Production Photos

House of Games Production Photos

House of Games Production Photos

★★★★ “The layers of deceit convey a pleasing giddiness; Django Bates’s dirty, twangingly distorted electric guitar riffs add to the lowlife glamour, and the script is sharp as a shoeful of tacks…Beautiful.”

The Times

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★★★★  "Richard Bean’s adaptation and Lindsay Posner’s gripping, superbly acted production prove far better value than the original picture."

The Telegraph

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★★★★ "Richard Bean’s new stage adaptation is true but different, gripping but transparent, and full of genuine stage thrills."

whatsonstage.com

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★★★★ “Bean’s adaptation does no disservice to Mamet’s 1987 movie, seasoning it with some nicely twisted updates…As a latter-day version of The Sting, this stands the test of time pretty well.”

Daily Express

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★★★★ "Well worth the 23-year wait...the fine cast will sting you with a great night out."

Daily Mail

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“Posner has fine-tuned everyone’s deceptive games – layer upon layer of acting – so you’re kept tensely uncertain and amused.”

The Independent on Sunday

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"As Margaret’s fortunes fluctuate, director Lindsay Posner maintains a keen pace, and Peter McKintosh’s design creates a suitably dense atmosphere. Bean preserves Mamet’s fine sense of the tricksters’ bristling patter."

Evening Standard

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"Director Lindsay Posner is rightly regarded as the great interpreter of Mamet - even distilled Mamet as is here. He releases from his actors that subtle nuance mixed with a musicality that somehow drives them along. Working within Peter McKintosh’s stunningly detailed and deceptively large set, the cast draws the audience into their world."

The Stage

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"Director Lindsay Posner is rightly regarded as the great interpreter of Mamet - even distilled Mamet as is here. He releases from his actors that subtle nuance mixed with a musicality that somehow drives them along. Working within Peter McKintosh’s stunningly detailed and deceptively large set, the cast draws the audience into their world."

officiallondontheatre.com

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Bean’s version is full of switchblade-sharp lines and the poker-table repartee drips with testosterone. And Linsday Posner’s production is crackingly acted, in particular by Nancy Carroll as Margaret, bored by a life of monied ease and predictability and in search of subversive excitement.

The Arts Desk

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Additional information

Running time approx. 1 hour 40 mins

There will be no interval.

Cast & Creatives

Playwright David Mamet

Writer Richard Bean

Direction Lindsay Posner                

Design Peter McKintosh

Composer Django Bates

Lighting Paul Pyant

Musician Christian Bluhme

Casting Maggie Lunn

Fight Director Bret Yount

Dialect Coach Charmian Hoare

Assistant Director Tom Attenborough

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos

House of Games Rehearsal Photos