Full cast joining Martin Freeman in Labour of Love announced


The full cast joining Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire in James Graham’s Labour of Love has been announced.

The play follows David Lyons, a Labour MP played by Freeman, over the course of 25 years as the country, and the Labour party, undergo significant changes in philosophy, culture and class. Lancashire will play Lyons’ constituency agent Jean Whittaker.

Rachael Stirling will play Elizabeth Lyons. Her previous theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Medea (Headlong) and The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse). She has appeared on screen in Doctor Who and Detectorists, and was nominated or an Olivier Award for her role in The Priory at the Royal Court.

Kwong Loke will play Mr Shen. Loke has previously appeared in You For Me For You (Royal Court Theatre), The Lulu Plays (Almeida Theatre) and Hiawatha (Bristol Old Vic), a well as the films At Sea on Inya Lake and Another Land.

Len Prior will be played by Dickon Tyrrell. His work at the Globe includes Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Othello and The Oresteia, and his work at the Royal Court includes Anatomy of a Suicide and Harvest.

Susan Wokoma will play Margot Miller. She has previously appeared in A Raisin in the Sun (Sheffield Crucible, UK tour), Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse at St Ann's Warehouse) and Game (Almeida Theatre).

Jeremy Herrin directs the piece for Headlong, and this world premiere marks the return of Michael Grandage Company to the West End for the first time since Photograph 51 which starred Nicole Kidman.

This autumn will see two new plays by James Graham running in the West End, as Ink, which is about Rupert Murdoch and The Sun, transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Labour of Love Tickets are available now.

Photo by Bryan Ledgard (flickr)

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