The Michael Grandage Company returns to the West End with Headlong Theatre for the world premiere of Labour of Love, a political comedy from James Graham. Graham’s flare for politics was previously seen in the West End in the smash-hit play This House, directed by Jeremy Herrin who is also directing Labour of Love. The play plays a limited season of 11 weeks at the Noël Coward Theatre, where the Michael Grandage Company last took up residence with their production of Photograph 51 starring Nicole Kidman.
Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig unite to take on the roles of David Lyons and Jean Whittaker respectively. Martin Freeman was last seen in the West End in 2014 at the Trafalgar Studios in Richard III. Tamsin Greig appeared to critical acclaim in the National Theatre's gender-bending Twelfth Night earlier this year.
Joining them are Rachel Stirling (The Winter's Tale, Medea, The Priory), Kwong Loke (You For Me For You, The Lulu Plays, Hiawatha), Len Prior (Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Anatomy of a Suicide) and Susan Wokoma (Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Game).
The topical subject matter of evolving political parties, Labour of Love explores the clash of philosophy, culture and class within the Labour Party over the past 25 years from Kinnock and Blair through to Jeremy Corbyn. MP David Lyons is driven by modernisation for the Party and genuine “electability”, whilst Jean Whittaker, his constituency agent, stands firm on her principles and her community. The clash of political views and purposes has the potential to upend the Political Party. But this Party is just getting started.
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(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.