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The Duck House

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4.5/5 - based on 42 reviews
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Performance Times
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 15:00 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 15:00 19:30
Sun - -

The Duck House description

The Duck House – An hilarious tale of dodgy political dealings

Ex-Tory MP Sir Peter Viggers must rue the day he claimed back a whopping £1,645 against expenses for a duck house at his home. Seldom have ducks been the cause of such scandal, gossip and media attention, so much so that the term Duck House is still synonymous with bad behaviour in the corridors of British power. Sadly for the ducks, the duck house was later sold and the proceeds donated to charity.

This new play comes fresh from the pen of funny man Dan Patterson, who writes BBC2 TV’s Mock The Week and was responsible for Whose Line Is It Anyway. He’s joined by the supremely funny writer Colin Swash, who pens the ever-popular news quiz Have I Got News For You. Between them, they bring the MPs expenses scandal to the glittering West End stage to absolutely hilarious effect.

The Duck House - The story

As the star of the show Ben Miller said in an interview with BBC News, "They say that comedy equals tragedy plus time, and traumatic as the expense scandal was hopefully we can all now have a bloody good laugh about it. If any MPs don't like it they can always claim for it on expenses."

The story kicks off in spring 2009. Gordon Brown, the country’s Prime Minister at the time, is facing a general election. The Labour back bencher Robert Houston is determined to hang onto his MP job, which he feels he can only do by switching sides to the Tory party. But when the MPs' expenses scandal breaks, everything goes horribly pear shaped.

The play's authors, Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, are familiar faces in the world of British political satire, with 50 years’ writing experience between them and remarkable track records. Swash has penned gags for more than 50 series of Have I Got News For You, and also contributes regularly to Private Eye magazine.

Directed by the talented Terry Johnson, who was responsible for the smash hits Hysteria and End of the Rainbow, the play opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in late 2013 following a UK tour kicking off at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. Expect hilarity and you won’t be disappointed. This is British satirical humour at its very best, billed as a classic that’ll just keep on giving… just like the MPs expenses scandal itself!

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The Duck House reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 42 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (48%)
Families (48%)
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Duck House review

Reviewed on 29 March 2014 by

The duck house

A very good play based on a topical subject ie mp's expenses, however I felt that the second half did not match up to the laughs of the first half. Definately a play of 2 halfs

Reviewed on 28 March 2014 by

Great Fun

Reviewed on 25 March 2014 by

Spoilt by bad language.

There was too much swearing that was not necessary and was out of place. Vulgar people would not be offended if there were no swearing, but decent people are offended when there is...so what does swearing achieve ? Reality is not the answer when we are looking at a comedy.

Reviewed on 24 March 2014 by

Duck House - Brilliant!!!

Quite superb.The most fun we have had at the theatre in many a day

Reviewed on 23 March 2014 by

Great play, was loughing the whole time

Reviewed on 22 March 2014 by

Duck House

Very funny indeed

Reviewed on 17 March 2014 by

Great physical, verbal and cultural comedy

Reviewed on 14 March 2014 by

Very funny

Very funny, good story line, great acting.

Reviewed on 12 March 2014 by

Brilliantly funny farce

The Duckhouse is brilliantly written and performed political farce. The whole family had a great time - well done to all involved

Reviewed on 09 March 2014 by

Very funny show with a brilliant cast

If you like satire or politically hues comedy this is a must. A modern knowing farce with non-stop one-liners, outrageous situations and relentless poking fun at the political establishment of all parties this is the best play I've seen in some time. The cast led by Ben Miller were all magnificent, with Diane Vickers a revelation in a non-singing role. Perfect.

Reviewed on 07 March 2014 by

Not recommended

The first half of this play was amusing and entertaining. Sadly the second half turned into a Brian Rix farce with a man in a nappy having cheese rubbed on his chest, hardly adult entertainment in my view and completely spoiled, what had the potential to be a humorous play. Not to my taste and wouldn't recommend this play.

Reviewed on 05 March 2014 by

Great show

Reviewed on 03 March 2014 by

comedy at m.p.'s 'expense'

Anyone with a broad mind and a general knowledge of recent political scandals will love this play. Ben Miller is marvellous and the rest of the cast are equally impressive. Loved it!

Reviewed on 02 March 2014 by

Very funny but not for under 16s

Good acting but because of swearing and simulated sex scenes I would not recommend to under 16s.

Reviewed on 19 February 2014 by

the funniest thing .

This was the fun any one to go and see it

Reviewed on 16 February 2014 by

Brilliant! Hilarious, witty and engaging

I sat in the Dress circle which had a brilliant view - I would go for the cheapest ticket as all of the seats seemed to have a good view! It was a brilliant play that never had me looking at my watch.

Reviewed on 11 February 2014 by

Very funny throughout the show. And obviously topical. Brilliant performances by all 6 cast members.

Reviewed on 10 February 2014 by


Reviewed on 09 February 2014 by

A great way to spend the evening

This is a very funny, witty and enjoyable show. The acting is very good. It has a Fawlty Towers feel to the way the story line spirals out of control.

Reviewed on 06 February 2014 by

A good laugh

Immediate contact with audience and maintains energy throughout. A must see comedy.

Reviewed on 05 February 2014 by

We laughed from start to finish. Brilliant!!!!

Reviewed on 28 January 2014 by

Clever funny uplifting

So funny really enjoyable excellent acting we all enjoyed the show and would recommend this show to everyone as a real good cheer you up factor.

Reviewed on 26 January 2014 by


Reviewed on 26 January 2014 by


Fabulous, very very funny

Reviewed on 18 January 2014 by

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Reviewed on 17 January 2014 by


A real must for theatre goers, good story good acting and good delivery

Reviewed on 08 January 2014 by

Farcical Frolics - Full of Fun!

It's a hilariously funny play; we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 08 January 2014 by


great show!

Reviewed on 04 January 2014 by

One of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

The show entertained us throughout and let us understand the story that happened before our eyes at our own pace.

Reviewed on 04 January 2014 by


Disliked the show after 10 minutes because it turns into slapstick. Some good lines wasted

Reviewed on 04 January 2014 by


Loved it, thought the story was entertaining , enjoyed the humour.

Reviewed on 03 January 2014 by

The Duck House

Very funny but lots of bad language. Think it only suitable for over 16/18.

Reviewed on 01 January 2014 by

More Farce Than Fun

Give this a miss - it could have been great with the subject matter but it descended into little more that an old time slapstick farce with too much swearing.

Reviewed on 01 January 2014 by

Great show - Just a really fun night out

We were not expecting this show to be so outrageously funny. Perfect comedic timing by a faultless cast - everyone shone! Most suited for an adult audience with an interest in current affairs with so many brilliant one liners. We laughed through the whole show -together with the whole audience. When booking tickets be aware that the rake of the stalls is quite shallow and the circle obscures view of top of stage in the rear rows. We sat in row J which was really good, but still had a bit of head dodging to do as a tall couple sat in front of us. We enjoyed it so much we are planning to see it again with friends in the new year.

Reviewed on 08 December 2013 by


Very clever script, and obvious up to the minute additions.

Reviewed on 06 December 2013 by


This show just had to be made...totally takes the mick out of MP's and the scandal that brought about the downfall of some of the theiving bas*****. Well acted, Ben and Simon were fantastic...and the Panda constume...well. Please just go and see it...i bet the show is new every night...they were adlibing with news comments from this week to keep it current. One word: Superb!

Reviewed on 05 December 2013 by

Such a good laugh at the Vaudavlle

If you want to come out of the theatre laughing, this is the play for you. A good basic knowledge of political scandals over the last couple of years adds to the experience. Overall, a witty,astute and well-written play which moves frequently into hilarious farce..

Reviewed on 03 December 2013 by