In summary, the said production will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from 15th September to 2nd December 2017. The play follows the story of Labour MP David Lyons and the Labour party as they undergo significant changes in philosophy, culture, and class over the course of 25 years.
Directing the play is Jeremy Herrin with Headlong and the Michael Grandage Company producing it. Furthermore, the production will be designed by Lee Newby with lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Paul Arditti, and video and projection by Duncan McLean.
About the cast of Labour of Love
Martin Freeman will play the Labour MP, David Lyons. Martin became known for playing Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of The Office; he also gained worldwide recognition for starring in BBC’s starring in Sherlock and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy. Martin’s other film credits include Captain America: Civil War and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Sarah Lancashire will play David Lyons’s constituent agent Jean Whittaker. Before starting her career in local theatre, Sarah graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1986. She later found success in TV programmes like Coronation Street, Where the Heart is, and Clocking Off. In 2000, Sarah signed a two-year golden handcuffs contract with ITV, making her the UK’s highest-paid TV actress. She was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to drama.
Meanwhile, Rachael Stirling will play Elizabeth Lyons. She received a nomination for an Olivier Award twice for her work in The Priory (Royal Court Theatre) and An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre). Rachael also starred in TV shows including BBC’s Tipping the Velvet and ITV’s The Bletchley Circle.