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About the show

Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig take centre stage in James Graham’s latest political comedy Labour of Love at London’s Noel Coward Theatre. Playing for a strictly limited season, the play sees the Michael Grandage Company join forces with Headlong, following a critically acclaimed season at the venue in 2015.

Taking place in the Labour party’s own northern highlands, Labour of Love sees MP David Lyons come face to face with his constituency agent Jean Whittaker, as their ideas oppose. Whilst David is dedicated to modernisation and “electability”, Jean cares about principles and the community.

Set away from Westminster in the party’s traditional grounds, Labour of Love sees a clash of philosophy, culture and class as the pair fight for their own ideologies. As Labour moves through 25 years, including Kinnock, Blair and Corbyn, can they prove they can move beyond?

Martin Freeman stars as David Lyons, opposite Tamsin Greig as Jean Whittaker. Freeman is best known for his roles in film and television, including The Hobbit trilogy, Nativity!, The Office and Sherlock. Greig made her name in television comedy series' such as Black Books, Green Wing and Friday Night Dinner, and recently starred in the acclaimed adaptation of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre.

Further casting includes Olivier Award-nominated actress Rachel Stirling as Elizabeth Lyons, whose past theatre credits include An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre and The Priory at the Royal Court, alongside Kwong Loke as Mr Shen, Dickon Tyrrell as Len Prior and Susan Wokoma as Margot Midler.

Labour of Love sees writer James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin reunite, following huge success with their National Theatre and West End production of This House. Graham has penned various political plays, including The Vote and Privacy, whilst Herrin’s recent directing credits include Junkyard and The Plough and The Stars.

Creative team includes design by Lee Newby, lighting design by Neil Austin and sound design by Paul Arditti. Labour of Love plays strictly limited performances at the Noel Coward Theatre from October 3rd to December 2nd 2017, with previews beginning September 27th 2017.

Who Should See It?

Those who enjoyed This House at the Garrick Theatre will enjoy this brand new political comedy from the same creative team. This is also a great chance to see two acclaimed actors on stage!

Labour of Love may not be suitable for young children.

Playing at

Noel Coward Theatre
St Martins Lane
Seating Plan

Noel Coward Theatre seating plan

Booking period

27th Sep 2017

23rd Oct 2018

2nd Dec 2017

Running time

2 hours 15 mins (including interval)


May not be suitable for young children