Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA

James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Martin Freeman

The Michael Grandage Company and Headlong present the world première of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love.

A razor sharp political comedy about the Labour Party, set in the party’s traditional northern heartlands where the clash and divide between party philosophy, class and culture couldn’t be more divided.

Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo) will play Labour MP David Lyons with Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing) playing his constituency agent Jean Whittaker.

Labour of Love runs from 25 September 2017 until 2 December 2017 at the Noel Coward 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?”


The cast features Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma.


Directed by Jeremy Herrin with design by Lee Newby, lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Paul Arditti.


★★★★ Copious quantities of wit..Greig makes even low-level back-chat soar to comic heights. – Daily Telegraph
★★★★ Sharp and funny political rom-com hits upon a winning combination – The Times
★★★★ it’s a play about love – of party, friends, country – Time Out
★★★★ Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig give sparkling performances – Guardian




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Noel Coward Theatre

Address: St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AA
Nearest Underground: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
Nearest car parks: Chinatown, Trafalgar
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