Questions of state surveillance inspired engrossing drama in Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, and the hung parliament of 1974 was transformed into compelling comedy and Machiavellian scheming in This House, which was a five-star sell-out 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.
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.
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 was originally supposed to star opposite Sarah Lancashire, most 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. However, Lancashire has been forced to drop out 'on doctor's advice', but is being replaced by the equally accomplished Tamsin Greig (Twelfth Night, National Theatre).
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)|
03 Oct 17 – 02 Dec 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £100+|
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