Labour of Love
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Labour of Love, a new comedy by James Graham

Michael Grandage Company and Headlong present the world premiere of James Graham's new play Labour of Love, starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig. This razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin following their previous collaboration on This House, and plays at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 27 September for 10 weeks only.

Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and "electability"... his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker cares about principles and her community. Set away from the Westminster bubble in the party's traditional northern heartlands, this is a clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over 25 years as it moves from Kinnock through Blair into Corbyn... and beyond?
★★★★
'Knockabout funny and politically incisive. Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig are magic.'
The Times

★★★★
'A brilliant new play.'
The Guardian

★★★★
'James Graham is British playwriting's Wunderkind.'
Evening Standard

★★★★
'Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig are terrific.'
Time Out

★★★★★
'You'll emerge from the theatre punching the air!'
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TAMSIN GREIG TAKES OVER FROM SARAH LANCASHIRE IN LABOUR OF LOVE; OPENING POSTPONED (5 SEPTEMBER 2017)

Olivier Award-winning actress Tamsin Greig will now play Jean Whittaker opposite Martin Freeman as David Lyons in the world premiere of James Graham's Labour of Love.
Greig has stepped into the role during rehearsals, as Sarah Lancashire has regretfully had to withdraw from the production on doctor's advice. The production, presented by Michael Grandage Company and Headlong Theatre, has now been delayed by a week and will run at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre from 27 September to 2 December 2017, with a new press night on 3 October.

This razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin following their previous collaboration on Headlong's This House, which was recently revived at the Garrick Theatre, following its earlier critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre.

The full company of Labour of Love is completed by Rachael Stirling (Elizabeth Lyons), Kwong Loke (Mr Shen), Dickon Tyrrell (Len Prior) and Susan Wokoma (Margot Midler).

Tamsin Greig plays Jean Whittaker. Her recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Gethsemane (National Theatre), The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to The Scriptures (or iHo), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), for the RSC: Much Ado About Nothing (also Novello Theatre - Olivier and Critics' Circle Awards), King John; Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre and Duke of York's Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - The Musical (Playhouse Theatre), Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre) and God of Carnage(Gielgud Theatre). For television, her work includes Diana & I, Episodes, Friday Night Dinner, Inside No 9, The Guilty, White Heat, Going Postal, Emma, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Soup, Green Wing, Doctor Who, The Lenny Henry Show, When I'm 64, Black Books, Jonathan Creek, Falling Apart, People Like Us and Happiness; and for film, Breaking the Bank, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Tamara Drewe, Stop the World, Cuckoo, Shaun of the Dead, Ready When You Are Mr McGill and Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth. She is also known on radio, as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers.



RACHAEL STIRLING JOINS JAMES GRAHAM'S LABOUR OF LOVE (8 AUGUST 2017)

The Michael Grandage Company and Headlong have announced the full company for the world premiere of James Graham's new play Labour of Love, directed by Jeremy Herrin, which runs at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre from 15 September to 2 December 2017.

Joining Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire in this razor-sharp political comedy are: Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma. Labour of Love sees the return of MGC to the West End following Photograph 51 and their acclaimed 2013/14 season, also at the Noel Coward Theatre, and for Headlong with the multi award-winning People Places and Things, 1984 and most recently James Graham's This House.

Rachael Stirling will play Elizabeth Lyons. Her theatre work includes The Winter's Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Medea (Headlong), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre - Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Priory (Royal Court Theatre - Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role), Pygmalion (international tour), and The Taming of the Shrew and Uncle Vanya (Wilton's Music Hall). For television, her work includes Detectorists, Churchill's Secret, Capital, Letters from Baghdad, The Bletchley Circle, The Game, Doctor Who, Women in Love, Boy Meets Girls and Tipping the Velvet; and for film, Their Finest, Scottish Mussel, Sixteen, Snow White and the Huntsman, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Centurian and The Young Victoria.



MARTIN FREEMAN AND SARAH LANCASHIRE TO STAR IN LABOUR OF LOVE (8 JUNE 2017)

The Michael Grandage Company and Headlong have announced the world premiere of James Graham's new play Labour of Love, with Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire leading the company this autumn. The premiere production, directed by Headlong's artistic director Jeremy Herrin, runs at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre from 15 September to 2 December 2017.

Labour of Love sees the return of MGC to the West End following Photograph 51 and their acclaimed 2013/14 season, also at the Noel Coward Theatre, and for Headlong with the multi award-winning People Places and Things, 1984 and most recently James Graham's This House. This razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin following their previous collaboration on Headlong's This House, which was recently revived at the Garrick Theatre, following its earlier critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre.

Michael Grandage said: "This wonderful new play by James Graham is the start of a body of work that MGC will be producing over the next two years as we continue our commitment to delivering quality theatre at affordable prices in the West End. For this first production, I am delighted Jeremy Herrin and Headlong, a company I have long admired, are joining us."

Jeremy Herrin added: "I'm delighted to be working on such a funny and politically insightful play as Labour of Love, and it's a privilege to continue my creative relationship with James Graham. It's a real testament to his writing that it has attracted two perfectly matched actors, both at the height of their powers, as Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. I loved working with Michael at the Donmar, and I'm really looking forward to Headlong and MGC teaming up to bring the best in contemporary theatre to the West End this autumn."









Information
Type of production: Comedy

Opened: 27 September 2017

Booking until: 02 December 2017

Running time: 2 h 45 m

Prices: £13.00 - £162.00

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