Labour of Love

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Booking from 16 September 2017 until 2 December 2017
Headlong and the Michael Grandage Company join forces to present a world premiere of James Graham’s latest political comedy Labour of Love, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire. Playing a strictly limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre, the razor-sharp play takes place at a time when class and culture are irrevocably divided.

Labour of Love follows Labour MP David Lyons, who is dedicated to modernisation and electability, whilst his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker, is more focused on principles and community. Set outside of Westminster, the political play sees the action take place in the party’s northern heartlands. A clash of philosophy, ideologies and culture, Labour of Love sets itself against the backdrop of Labour’s past 25 political years. Can it move on?

Best known for his screen roles in The Hobbit, The Office and Sherlock, Martin Freeman stars as David Lyons, having last appeared in the West End in Jamie Lloyd’s Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios. Olivier Award-nominated actress Sarah Lancashire stars opposite as Jean Whittaker, after recently receiving a BAFTA for her performance in the BBC’s Happy Valley. Her stage credits include Betty Blue Eyes, Guys and Dolls and Blood Brothers.

The production reunites James Graham with director Jeremy Herrin, who recently collaborated on the critically acclaimed This House at the Garrick Theatre. Graham’s political plays include The Vote and Privacy, whilst Headlong’s Artistic Director Herrin is well-known for directing last year’s People, Places and Things. Further creative team includes design by Lee Newby, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Paul Arditti.

Playing a limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre, Labour of Love runs from September 15th to December 2nd 2017, with an official opening on September 25th 2017.

Child Friendly?

Labour of Love may not be suitable for young children.

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