The musical version of the iconic story returns to the UK arenas in 2018 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
James Graham’s new play Labour of Love will open at the Noel Coward Theatre this month.
The political satire delves into the complicated relationship between a Labour MP and his constituency agent and promises to be a poignant insight into British party politics, drawing influence from the recent turbulent state of Government.
The role of Jean Whittaker will now be played by Olivier Award-winning Tamsin Greig, who will star alongside Martin Freeman, Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrrell and Susan Wokoma.
Greig’s previous theatre credits include Twelfth Night and Gethsemane (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC, Olivier and Critics Circle Awards) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, whilst her television credits include Diana & I, Episodes and she is known on radio as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers.
Freeman’s previous theatre credits include Richard III, Clybourne Park, Kosher Harry and Blue Eyes and Heels. He became a household name through his TV acting, including turns in Sherlock, Fargo and The Office. Freeman has also starred in a whole host of big screen films, including The Hobbit and Captain America.
The first preview performance will now be on 27 September, later than the previously advertised 15 September.
Tickets for the show are on sale now via Ticketmaster.co.uk.