Donmar Warehouse



by Steve Waters

2 March 2017 – 15 April 2017

‘Steve Waters’ deliciously well-written, quick-paced play is timely’
Daily Mail

‘A rollicking ride, which neatly captures the way politics can change in an instant’

‘A play worth defecting to the Donmar for’
Evening Standard


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?

Steve Waters’ thrilling new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history.

Limehouse is a fictionalised account of real events.  It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed.

Production Photos

in order of speaking

Debbie Owen Nathalie Armin
David Owen Tom Goodman-Hill
Bill Rodgers Paul Chahidi
Shirley Williams Debra Gillett
Roy Jenkins Roger Allam


Director Polly Findlay
Designer Alex Eales
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
Sound Designer Emma Laxton
Composer Rupert Cross
Casting Director Alastair Coomer CDG