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James Graham’s new play Labour of Love is set to have its premiere run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End from 27th September 2017, for a strictly limited ten week period.

This witty and poignant political comedy pairs up the acclaimed creative team of writer James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin once again, following their acclaimed play This House which enjoyed an acclaimed run at the Garrick Theatre in 2016.

Labour of Love tells the story of Labour Party MP David Lyons who only cares about modernisation and his own electability. His constituency agent, Jean Whittaker however, will always put her principles and her community first.

Set away from Westminster, the focus of Graham’s previous play This House, Labour of Love is set in the Labour Party’s traditional northern heartlands, where the battle of ideas, class and culture come to a head. With over 25 years of shifting Labour ideology, through Kinnock, to Blair and into Corbyn, what does the future look like?

Labour of Love is presented by Headlong and the Michael Grandage Company. Headlong are responsible for some of the most acclaimed and innovative theatre in recent history, including 1984, People, Places and Things and American Psycho. The Michael Grandage Company have also seen great success with their recent productions of Photography 51 starring Nicole Kidman and Dawn French’s 30 Million Minutes.

Labour of Love stars Martin Freeman as David Lyons MP. Freeman is known for his huge range of acclaimed TV, film and theatre work having shot to fames as Tim in The Office in 2001, before starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Hobbit and Captain America, as well as the award winning BBC TV series Sherlock.

He is joined by Tamsin Greig, co-starring as Jean Whittaker. Greig has starred in a range of television series', including Episodes, Green Wing, Black Books and Friday Night Dinner, and recently starred as Malvolia in Twelfth Night at the National's Olivier Theatre.

Olivier Award-nominee Rachael Stirling heads up the fantastic supporting ensemble including Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma. Stirling has twice been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for her performances in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre and The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre.

Labour of Love is written by James Graham (This House, Finding Neverland and The Vote) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (This House, Uncle Vanya and South Downs). The play features design by Lee Newby and sound by Paul Arditti.

With a star cast and one of the most exciting creating teams in London theatre today, Labour of Love is set to be one of the most anticipated original West End openings of autumn 2017. Labour of Love is set to open on the 27th September 2017 for a limited ten week run until 2nd December 2017.

Performance dates: 01 Dec 2017 - 02 Dec 2017

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (including interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for young children

Special notice: Fans of This House, the previous biting and hilarious collaboration between Jeremy Herrin and James Graham should not miss the opportunity to get tickets to another powerful piece of political satire from the pair. It also offers a rare opportunity of two screen greats, Martin Freeman and Tamsin Grieg, back on the West End stage.

Sorry this show closed 02 December 2017, we recommend these similar productions.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The Stalls are the best place to get tickets if you want an absorbed experience. Rows AA-B can leave you looking up at the high stage and missing some action, while Row P and backwards have some Circle overhang.

The upper levels also can give good views, for a cheaper price, however do feel increasingly distant to the action, while ends of rows at on the balcony can both feel very high and very side on.

Latest audience reviews

simondowling Top 200 reviewer13 May 2018

Loved the show, love the writer James Graham and Tamzin Gregg.

nathandowling 13 May 2018
katebishop 25 Nov 2018

Really enjoyed it. Great insight into politics and the Labour Party. Another hit from the writer, James... More

paigeelliott 19 Jan 2018

Really enjoyed it. Great insight into politics and the Labour Party. Another hit from the writer, James Graham.

paigeelliott 19 Jan 2018
matthewseaman 06 May 2018

An entertaining play and a good overview of the past 30 years of the Labour party. Lots of funny... More

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer08 Nov 2017

An entertaining play and a good overview of the past 30 years of the Labour party. Lots of funny moments but a little predictable at times. The changing set and the video footage (plus vintage Corbyn shots) worked very well and there was always something new to spot in each era of the office. Definitely recommend for politics buffs. I imagine if you didn't know anything about politics you'd struggle a little as there's A LOT of references. (I'm grateful I did a little bit of politics at university...it helped fill in a few gaps of knowledge).

bryonyjameson Top 200 reviewer08 Nov 2017
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