Questions of state surveillance inspired engrossing drama in Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, and the hung parliament of 1974 was transformed in compelling comedy and Machiavellian scheming in This House, which was a five-star sellout at first the National Theatre, then the West End.
Now, Graham scrutinises 25 years of Labour Party history in a collaboration with the Michael Grandage Theatre company and Headlong.
Set in a constituency in the north of England, Labour of Love is a comedy charting the party from Neil Kinnock to Jeremy Corbyn. It focuses on an archetypal Labour MP David Lyons and his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker.
Labour of Love will be Graham's third play to premiere this year, following Ink at the Almeida and Quiz at Chichester Festival Theatre. It's rare for a writer to be so prolific and in-demand.
'It's a real testament to his writing that it has attracted two perfectly matched actors, both at the height of their powers, as Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire,' says Jeremy Herrin, who will direct Labour of Love. and previously collaborated with Graham on This House.
There's an impressive cast. Having claimed Tim Canterbury (The Office), Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) and John Watson (Sherlock) as his own, Freeman has become a national treasure-in-waiting, a talent who shines as brightly in realist comedy and blockbuster fantasy as he does in high-stakes drama. On the stage, Freeman has been equally eclectic, with work spanning Arthur Miller to Shakespeare.
In Labour of Love, Freeman stars opposite Sarah Lancashire, mostly recently seen on stage in the 2011 musical Betty Blue Eyes, and who recently won a BAFTA for her role as tough northern policewoman Catherine Cawood in ITV's Happy Valley.
The superlative cast and creative team offer high hopes for this political comedy. Just make sure you book pronto; Freeman has an army of fans primed to seize this rare chance to see their idol on stage.
|What||Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre|
Noel Coward Theatre
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
15 Sep 17 – 02 Dec 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £100+|
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