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Rachael Stirling Cast in Labour Of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Tuesday, 8th Aug 2017  

Labour of Love - Noel Coward Theatre

Earlier in the summer we found out the news that Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire would be appearing at the Noël Coward Theatre in the new play from James Graham – Labour of Love. The play is the latest from Graham to focus on British politics and society and will allow Jeremy Herrin to direct his latest show in the West End.

But now we know more of the names set to be joining the production, with Rachael Stirling set to portray the character of Elizabeth Lyons. She will star opposite Freeman as David Lyons MP and Lancashire as constituency agent Jean Whittaker.

Graham’s plays regularly take a magnifying glass to important politics, social or cultural issues, with previous works including Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, Monster Raving Looney at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, This House at the National Theatre and The Vote, also at the Donmar Warehouse. This year also brings Ink to the Duke of York’s Theatre, which focuses on Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of The Sun newspaper.

But with Labour Of Love the action takes place in a Northern Labour constituency, with the focus on David Lyons MP as the Labour Party changes across nearly three decades. Lyons must work with Jean Whittaker, the constituency agent, to succeed but they both have different views on their profession as Lyons is more focused on popularity than principles.

And Rachael Stirling figures into events in the role of Elizabeth Lyons. She appears at the Noël Coward Theatre having had great success in a range of other productions on a London stage, including Olivier-nominated performances in The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre and An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre. Her credits also include The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse, the film Snow White And The Huntsman and television shows Doctor Who, Tipping The Velvet, The Bletchley Circle and The Detectorists.

She isn’t the only newly-announced performer, however, as Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma have also been cast in the roles of Mr Shen, Len Prior and Margot Miller respectively.

Labour Of Love will play at the Noël Coward Theatre from Friday 15th September 2017 to Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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