Olivier Award-winning actress Tamsin Greig will now play Jean Whittaker opposite Martin Freeman as David Lyons in the world premiere of James Graham‘s Labour of Love.
Greig has stepped into the role during rehearsals, as Sarah Lancashire has regretfully had to withdraw from the production on doctor’s advice. The production, presented by Michael Grandage Company and Headlong Theatre, has now been delayed by a week and will run at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre from 27 September to 2 December 2017, with a new press night on 3 October.
This razor-sharp political comedy reunites James Graham and Headlong artistic 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?
The full company of Labour of Love is completed by Rachael Stirling (Elizabeth Lyons), Kwong Loke (Mr Shen), Dickon Tyrrell (Len Prior) and Susan Wokoma (Margot Midler). d design is by Lee Newby; with lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Paul Arditti, and video and projection design by Duncan McLean.
Tamsin Greig plays Jean Whittaker. Her recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night, Gethsemane (National Theatre), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to The Scriptures (or iHo), Longing (Hampstead Theatre), for the RSC: Much Ado About Nothing (also Novello Theatre – Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards), King John; Jumpy (Royal Court Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – The Musical (Playhouse Theatre), Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre) and God of Carnage(Gielgud Theatre). For television, her work includes Diana & I, Episodes, Friday Night Dinner, Inside No 9, The Guilty, White Heat, Going Postal, Emma, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Soup, Green Wing, Doctor Who, The Lenny Henry Show, When I’m 64, Black Books, Jonathan Creek, Falling Apart, People Like Us and Happiness; and for film, Breaking the Bank, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Tamara Drewe, Stop the World, Cuckoo, Shaun of the Dead, Ready When You Are Mr McGill and Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth. She is also known on radio, as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers.