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Tamsin Greig replaces Sarah Lancashire in Labour of Love

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SARAH Lancashire has withdrawn from the world première production of James Graham’s new play Labour of Love ‘on doctor’s advice’.

The role of Jean Whittaker will now be played by Tamsin Greig (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Jumpy, Gethsemane, God of Carnage).

The production will open on October 3, 2017, a week later than originally planned.

In Labour of Love, Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and “electability”, his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker cares about principles and her community. Set away from Westminster in the party’s traditional northern heartlands, this is a clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over a 25 year period.

The cast also includes Martin Freeman (as David Lyons), Rachael Stirling (Elizabeth Lyons), Kwong Loke (Mr Shen), Dickon Tyrrell (Len Prior) and Susan Wokoma (Margot Midler).

Labour of Love runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from October 3 (previews from September 27) to December 2, 2017.

Read more about Labour of Love.