Labour of Love
Comedy
Closing soon

Noel Coward Theatre (Albery)

Labour of Love

15 Sep 2017 - 02 Dec 2017

£46.00 - £110.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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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?

Sarah Lancashire has withdrawn on medical advice – Jean will now be played by Tamsin Greig.

“A balancing act of considerable sophistication and skill... Absolutely wonderful... Funny... Deeply felt and deeply moving.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Touching... eagerly serious about social justice, tremendously funny... Greig: absolute glory... Freeman is pretty fabulous too.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Freeman is Lyons, perfectly catching his mix of playfulness and sincerity... Greig: wonderfully quirky and abrupt.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Brilliant... Surprising tenderness... Beautifully played... A touching study of a scratchily fond relationship... A barbed wit.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Very clever... Knockabout funny and politically incisive... When Greig and Freeman are together on stage, they are magic.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Remarkable deftness, copious quantities of wit and in its closing stages a stirring amount of romantic love... Valid and valiant”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Sugars its analysis of the internal struggles of the Labour party with an extremely high gag rate... A proper feelgood rom-com.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Of course, it’s great... Basically a romcom... Terrific performances... Greig, in particular, is enormously impressive,”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Herrin’s production for his Headlong company in partnership with Michael Grandage’s outfit is as masterly as ever.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Light-on-its feet... Herrin’s production skips along, spinning the romance, telling dodgy jokes... Makes the divisions clear.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Ideal West End fodder: light, political and nostalgic... A magnificent performance from Greig.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Greig: assured... Adroitly staged... A valiant turn from Stirling... To see Freeman and Greig on stage is a pleasure.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Funny and illuminating though it is, it doesn’t quite pull off the Benedick/ Beatrice love affair... Greig is astounding.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Epic comedy... A disappointingly bland (I’m tempted to say Blairite) conclusion... Greig looks uncomfortable... Hard labour.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

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