The Duck House

Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London

Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll and Diana Vickers star in the West End premiere of outrageous new comedy The Duck House at the Vaudeville theatre.

Set in May 2009, when Gordon Brown’s government is in turmoil and a General Election is just one year away, The Duck House follows Robert Houston, a Labour backbencher who loves being an MP and will do anything to save his seat, including changing sides, as he prepares for his interview with Sir Norman Cavendish the day before the Expenses Scandal breaks.

As public fury begins to mount over the inappropriate use of taxpayers’ money to pay for second homes, hanging baskets, moat-cleaning and duck houses, Robert and his secretarial staff, otherwise known as his wife Felicity, student son Seb, Seb’s girlfriend Holly and Russian housekeeper Ludmilla, find themselves in a great deal of trouble.

Well known for his television appearances in series including Death In Paradise, The Worst Week Of My Life and The Armstrong And Miller Show, Miller was last seen on stage in the original cast of The Ladykillers, which played at the Gielgud theatre in 2011.

He is joined in the cast of The Duck House by Olivier Award winner Carroll, whose stage credits include the National Theatre’s production of After The Dance and The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse, and former X Factor contestant Vickers, who has previously appeared on the West End stage in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice.

Completing the cast are Debbie Chazen (In Basildon and The Girlfriend Experience at the Royal Court), James Musgrave (Jumpy and Wanderlust at the Royal Court) and Simon Shepherd (The Secret Rapture in the West End).

The production is written by two of satirical television's most prolific writers, Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, and directed by Terry Johnson whose most recent credits include Hysteria, Race and Old Money at the Hampstead theatre.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Diana Vickers, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd

author: Dan Patterson & Colin Swash

director: Terry Johnson

producer: Nica Burns

designer: Lez Brotherston

lighting designer: Mark Henderson

sound: John Leonard

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 2h20
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Venue InformationHIDE

Vaudeville Theatre
Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0NH

  • Nearest tube: Charing Cross (200m) Embankment (300m)
  • Nearest bus: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross (100m)
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown or Q-Park Trafalgar, both only 7 minutes away.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7836 7969 Fax: 0207 497 0087
  • Discounts: Discounts are available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions, but vary depending on the current production.
  • Limited mobility: Stall aisle seats and boxes have the most leg room. Book early if you wish to sit in these seats.
  • Access description: There is a step of approx. 5cm then 2 sets of double doors opening into the foyer. Box Office counter on right. Staircases are all highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Stalls are 6 steps down from the foyer. 27 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steps between rows). Upper Circle 54 steps up from foyer, though very narrow. Auditorium open 30 mins before performance.
  • Hearing impaired: No facilities at present.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and boxes and staff can dog-sit at foyer cloakroom or management office by prior arrangement with the management.
  • Wheelchairs: Steps to all levels. Wheelchair users who will remain in their chair can use the AAT Major stair-climber which gives access to the stalls, where seats S8-11 can be removed to create spaces. Patrons requiring the use of the stair climber are asked to arrive at the theatre 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the performance.Transfer seating available to any aisle seat on left-hand side of Stalls – down 6 steps from foyer. Alternatively, access the Dress Circle through a side EXIT door on Lumley Court. Please notify a member of staff at the Box Office if you wish to use this entrance. No access to toilets from this level. 1 shallow step immediately inside door and 2 further steps to the left to row A. Box C up 2 fairly steep steps to the right, 74cm in width. Entrance to the box is 56cm wide – so it would be necessary to transfer to a moveable seat inside the Box from this entrance.
  • Toilets: Women’s 6 steps down from foyer, through 56cm wide door with cubicles. Men’s urinals 12 steps up from foyer. Men’s toilets 25 steps up from foyer.
  • Disabled toilets: There is currently no disabled toilet in the Theatre, however we have an arrangement with the Adelphi Theatre (25 metres along the Strand) to use their facilities. A member of staff will accompany anyone wishing to use these facilities.
  • Bars: Drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Dress Circle bar 22 steps up from the foyer with moveable seats. Further bar at Upper Circle level.
  • Legroom: The boxes afford the best space for anyone wishing extra leg room.