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Noel Coward Theatre, London4.5119 reviews
Stardust galore: don't miss superstars Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig in this world premiere!

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World premiere of James Graham’s new comedy Labour of Love at the Noel Coward theatre for a strictly limited 10-week run!

Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig will star in a razor sharp political comedy about the Labour Party, set in the party's traditional northern heartands where the clash and divide between party philosophy, class and culture couldn't be more divided. James Graham and director Jeremy Herrin retunited following their previous collaboration on This House, and plays at the Noël Coward Theatre until 2 December 2017.

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 is best known for his screen roles in films such as 'The Hobbit', 'Love Actually' and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy'. On TV his credits include 'Sherlock' and 'The Office'. His stage credits have included Volpone and Mother Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre as Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre. In 2014 he starred in Jamie Lloyd's production Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios.

Jean Whittaker will be played by Olivier award- winning Tamsin Greig, who will star alongside Martin Freeman plus Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma.
Tamsin Greig’s theatre credits include Twelfth Night and Gethsemane (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC, Olivier and Critics Circle Awards) whilst her television credits include Diana & I, Episodes, and she is known on radio, as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers.



Additional Information

Age restriction

Adolescents under 15 will not be admitted.

Running time

2hr 45min (including interval)

Performance dates

Booking until 2 December 2017


Recommended for ages 15 and above.

Special notes

Please note this play contains strong language.

Venue Information

Noel Coward TheatreSt Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

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Customer Reviews

119 reviews4.5

Carole Platts5th December

A really good evening with two great actors

bob hill4th December

It was bloody marvellous, a great play with a fine cast.

Philip Soar3rd December

Seats were good. Play massively over-rated and over-reviewed. Lead actors excellent but the script sadly predictable and without surprises and depth. One felt it was written for a B minus audience from labour luvvy constituencies in inner London and this was confirmed by the audience reactions - which were predictably unsubtle as were the lines that fed them. This is fine - writing for a particular audience is normal, but it shouldnt be confused with depth.

Richard2nd December

It was an excellently crafted production, The actors were exceptional .

Simone Smith1st December

Fantastic play in a lovely theatre. Very very funny and really well observed, we loved it.

Aileen McDonald Franchi30th November

This play was funny, touching and informative even to myself a non-Brit! The cast does a brilliant job and the set changes were very creative. I wish it was playing longer so I could encourage my friends to attend.

MH30th November

I enjoyed it, though perhaps it's a little too long? Also (SPOILER ALERT) ... I thought the dance lessons and cardboard wife-villain rather clunky, and the protagonists' romance unnecessary to a good story.

Catherine Smith30th November

Great cast, interesting topical story line

Liz Edwards27th November

Recommended it to all my friends ever since I saw it. What a gem of a play and to have seen it with Tamsin and Martin. A privilege.

Sandra Geraghty26th November

Although we enjoyed the play we were very disappointed to find Sarah Lancashire was not in the cast - we booked because she was advertised as being in it

Dave25th November

Show was very funny. Bars in the theatre wre too small and overcrowded.

Sandra Hardie25th November

Great show on a very relevant political topic