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Sarah Lancashire and Martin Freeman

Full Labour Of Love casting unveiled

Published August 4, 2017

The Michael Grandage Company and Headlong have today announced the full company for the world première of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love.

Joining Martin Freeman (as David Lyons) and Sarah Lancashire (as Jean Whittaker) in the new political drama are Rachael Stirling (recent credits including An Ideal Husband, Vaudeville Theatre) as Elizabeth Lyons, Kwong Loke (You For Me For You, Royal Court) as Mr Shen, Dickon Tyrrell (Anatomy Of A Suicide) as Len Prior, and Susan Wokoma (television’s Crashing and Chewing Gum) as Margot Midler.

The razor-sharp political comedy will reunite James Graham with 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.

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?

Labour Of Love sees the return of MGC to the West End following Photograph 51 and their acclaimed 2013/14 season, also at the Noël Coward Theatre, and for Headlong with the multi award-winning People Places and Things, 1984 and This House.

The play opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 25 September, with previews from 15 September, and runs until 2 December.

MGC continue their commitment to offer over 20,000 tickets at £10 (including booking fee and restoration levy), which is 25% of the tickets for the entire run, across all levels of the auditorium.

Tickets can be booked through the show’s website.

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