Labour of Love at Noel Coward Theatre tickets
Labour of Love at Noel Coward Theatre tickets

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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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (including interval)
Opened: 27 Sep 2017
Press night: 03 Oct 2017
Booking from: 01 Dec 2017
Booking until: 02 Dec 2017

Location and map

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
London, WC2N 4AU

57 Reviews Add review

I really enjoyed ‘Labour of Love’. Though this isn’t as good as James Graham’s other play ‘Ink’, it was still enjoyable to watch.... More

joc78 5"4, 297 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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

bryonyjameson 5"7, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Labour of Love is a nice play, not as sharp as it claims to be, but still very enjoyable. The dynamics between the two protagonist... More

sondheimkid 170, 160 reviews, 25 helpful votes

Really good and so funny. Some of the laughs might go right over your head if you hadn't lived through these times, but it was sti... More

leahpage 167cm, 23 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I absolutely loved the show!! Went into it being open minded as I'd never seen a show based on politics before but it was so well ... More

lizziecp 5"5, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Hilarious. Tamsin Grieg is absolutely wonderful in this, and Martin Freeman comes off well as a Labour MP. 5* comedy, don't miss i... More

markeastaugh 6"1, 169 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Fantastic performances from both leads - Martin Freeman & Tamsin Greig. Sharp funny dialogue and what a whistlestop tour back thro... More

claremcsheaffrey 5'2, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love this show! Disappointed I won't get to see it again before it closes, hopefully it will come back to the West End again in ... More

lizziecp 5"5, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Went in not really expecting the play to be so fresh and contemporary, a pleasant surprise! Very good show, romance with a side of... More

alessandramarelli 165 cm, 136 reviews, 10 helpful votes