When it was first performed in 2012 James Graham’s This House was an affectionate satire, using its 1970s setting to examine the still young Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government formed in 2010.
It’s been a golden week for James Graham, British theatre’s wonder boy. After winning an Olivier Award for his comedy, Labour of Love, he now has another show in the West End, this time a transfer from the Chichester Theatre, where it premiered last November.
So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’s Oliviers.
New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and The Ferryman went home with three prizes at the Olivier Awards 2018, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.
Much of my ‘touring’ has been concentrated in Bristol and Chichester; there are a few other UK venues to add to the list, as well as some from my week in New York, of course.
Naturally, facing what felt like a significant and unbreachable rift, instability and economic downturn was the likely outcome, which for the arts, could only mean one thing – cultural depletion – as audience seek safety in comfort and nostalgia.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
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The joyful thing about James Graham is that for all the playwright’s youth, diamond wit and forensic insight, there is a deep humankindliness in his work.
Text of the day: “Well, what’s happening is if you’re Northern, you’re getting butchered, it’s like Game of fucking Thrones.”
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James Graham is on an electoral roll: There’s certainly a surfeit of election nights in Labour of Love and Martin Freeman’s bright boy Blairite David Lyons
James Graham’s latest play covers twenty-seven years of the life of a small town Labour MP across two-and-a-half hours, but it’s frustratingly a middling affair. As a satirical comedy, it’s nowhere close to being as vicious as The Thick of It, or as wittily intelligent as Yes, Minister.
Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig star in James Graham’s latest political drama, Labour of Love. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.
Comedy about Labour Party history is starry, but politically reactionary and tediously overblown.
I’ve had a rich few weeks for playgoing. A key theme in this batch of diary entries is the reward of visiting new, new-to-me or I-haven’t-been-in-so-long-they-feel-nearly-new venues.
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.
Summer’s officially over, but don’t be sad – there’s plenty of great theatre to keep you happy. Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon has rounded up the productions she’s most looking forward to in September. With Mates ticket links!
Rachael Stirling joins Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire in the world premiere of James Graham’s Labour of Love. Full cast is announced today.
Following its current sell-out season at the Almeida Theatre, which finishes on 5 August, the premiere of Ink, written by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
James Graham’s new play about the Labour Party, Labour of Love, premieres in September at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire.