MGC and Headlong today announce the full company for the world première of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love. 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.
James Graham’s theatre work includes This House (National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play, and Garrick Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live on More4 on election night and nominated for Best Live Event at the BAFTA TV awards), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Paines Plough), the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, written with Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Man (Finborough Theatre and on tour), The Whisky Taster (Bush Theatre) and Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre). As Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre his plays include Albert’s Boy, Eden’s Empire and Sons of York. His television writing includes political drama Coalition (Channel 4), Prisoner’s Wives (BBC1) and Caught in a Trap (ITV1). His first feature film X+Y was released in 2015 after being selected at the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival, winner of the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Debut Screenplay. His forthcoming work includes Ink (Almeida Theatre) and Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre), and the film Gypsy Boy.
Jeremy Herrin directs. His credits for Headlong, where he is Artistic Director, include most recently The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (National Theatre), Jack Thorne’s acclaimed Junkyard (UK tour), the Olivier Award-winning People, Places and Things (National Theatre, Wyndham’s Theatre and forthcoming UK tour), The Absence of War (UK tour), The Nether (Royal Court, Duke of York’s Theatre), and This House by James Graham at the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Director (also most recently at the Garrick Theatre – Olivier nomination for Best Revival). His other theatre credits include The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre, co-directed with Howard Davies), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK tour), and the world première of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in two parts for the RSC, which transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in May 2014, and Broadway in March 2015 and for which he was nominated for an Olivier and Tony Award for Best Director. Herrin was Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2009 until 2012, where his credits included No Quarter, Hero, Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk and That Face, which transferred to the West End. Further work at the Royal Court includes No Quarter, Hero and Kin, The Heretic, The Priory – which won an Olivier award for Best Comedy, and The Vertical Hour. Also, as a director, Noises Off (American Airlines Theatre, Broadway), The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre), Another Country (Chichester Festival Theatre /West End), The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), South Downs (Chichester Festival Theatre and Harold Pinter Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre).
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