Michael Grandage Company and Headlong today announce the full company for the world première of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love, directed by Headlong artistic director Jeremy Herrin, which runs at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre from 15 September to 2 December 2017, with a press night on 25 September.
Joining Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire are: Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma. 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 most recently James Graham’s This House.
This razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and 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 of Love 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. In addition, they will stage access performances – with both captioned and audio described performances.
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?
Martin Freeman plays David Lyons. For theatre, his credits include Richard III (Trafalgar Transformed), Clybourne Park, Kosher Harry (Royal Court Theatre) and Blue Eyes and Heels (Soho Theatre). For television, his work includes Sherlock (Emmy and BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor), Startup, The Eichmann Show, Fargo(Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor), The Office (BAFTA TV nomination for Best Supporting Actor); and for film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Captain America: Civil War, The Hobbit Trilogy – An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of Five Armies; Nativity, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Confetti, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as the forthcoming Cargo, Ghost Stories and Black Panther.
Sarah Lancashire plays Jean Whittaker. Her theatre work includes Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), and Michael Grandage’s production of Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre). Her extensive television credits include Happy Valley (for which she received the BAFTA for Best Actress earlier this week, RTS Award for Best Actress, Best Actress Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, National Television Award for Best Drama Performance),The Dresser (nomination for Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress), Last Tango in Halifax(BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress), The Paradise, Upstairs Downstairs, Five Daughters, All the Small Things; Sex, the City and Me; Cherished, The Rotter’s Club, Rose and Maloney, Sons and Lovers, Birthday Girl, The Cry (Best Actress Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival), Back Home, The Glass, Gentlemen’s Relish, My Fragile Heart, Chambers, Clocking Off, Seeing Red, The Verdict, Blooming Marvellous, Where the Heart Is and Coronation Street; and for film, Dad’s Army and And When Did You Last See Your Father?.
Rachael Stirling plays Elizabeth Lyons. Her theatre work includes The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Medea (Headlong), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Priory (Royal Court Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role), Pygmalion (international tour), and The Taming of the Shrew and Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s Music Hall). For television, her work includes Detectorists, Churchill’s Secret, Capital, Letters from Baghdad, The Bletchley Circle, The Game, Doctor Who, Women in Love, Boy Meets Girls and Tipping the Velvet; and for film, Their Finest, Scottish Mussel, Sixteen, Snow White and the Huntsman, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Centurian and The Young Victoria.
Kwong Loke plays Mr Shen. His theatre work includes You For Me For You (Royal Court Theatre), The Lulu Plays(Almeida Theatre), Hiawatha (Bristol Old Vic), Global Baby Factory (RADA Studios), Summer Rolls (Rich Mix), The Changeling (Finborough Theatre), Rashomon, Scenes from Paradise (Riverside Studios), The Magic Paintbrush, The Snow Lion (Polka Theatre), Blue Remembered Hills (UK tour) and Tibetan Inroads (Gate Theatre). For television, his credits include As Time Goes By, Love Hurts, The Knock and The Monkey King; and for film, At Sea on Inya Lake, Another Land and Joy Luck Club.
Dickon Tyrrell plays Len Prior. His theatre work includes Anatomy of a Suicide, Harvest (Royal Court Theatre), Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello, The Oresteia, Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rutherford and Son (Northern Stage) and The Romans in Britain (Crucible Sheffield). His television work includes Law and Order, Rough Crossings, Aberfan and Coup!; and for film, The Isle.
Susan Wokoma plays Margot Midler. Her theatre work includes A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible, UK tour), Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse at St Ann’s Warehouse), Game (Almeida Theatre), Hotel (National Theatre), Three Birds (Royal Exchange Manchester/Bush Theatre), Little on the Inside, Dream Pill (Clean Break), The Country Wife, Powder Monkey (Royal Exchange Manchester) and Truth and Reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre). For television her work includes Porters, Eat Your Heart Out With Nick Helm, Zapped, Brain Freeze, Crazyhead (RTS Award for Best On-Screen Performance), Crashing, Chewing Gum, Horrible Science, Bluestone 42, Uncle, Misfits, Hotel Trubble and That Summer Day; and for film, Burn Burn Burn, The Inbetweeners 2, Half of a Yellow Sun.