Labour of Love
About the work
Welcome to the Michael Grandage Company’s and Headlong’s production of Labour of Love by James Graham
Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and ‘electability’… His constituency agent, Jean Whitaker 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?
“MGC’s producer, Nick Frankfort, commissioned James Graham’s new play Labour of Love and the moment I read it, I knew we should be producing it directly in the West End. It was an incredibly timely play with huge political themes and a love story all rolled into one. It seemed to be the perfect piece to show that relevant, new work can thrive in the non subsidised arena and appeal to as wide an audience as possible. With MGC’s unique commitment to access in the West End, offering a quarter of every performance at £10, it has been wonderful watching so many young people engage with a play of ideas inside a playhouse designed to bring popular theatre to the people.
The whole experience was enhanced further by our collaboration with Headlong, a company dedicated to bringing new writing to new and diverse audiences. Their artistic director, Jeremy Herrin, continued his relationship with James Graham following their hugely successful collaboration on This House. Here, for the first time, we are able to offer a behind the scenes look at the building of Labour of Love. Our Education Associate, Dominic Francis, has complied a comprehensive document that charts the process and supplements the production for anyone interested in delving deeper. I hope you enjoy it.”Michael Grandage, Artistic Director, MGC