What’s On Stage ∗∗∗∗∗
Under Jeremy Herrin’s graceful direction, Freeman and Greig are magnificent. He is a terrific listener; his passive absorption of the abuse thrown at him and his well-meaning attempts to make everything right make Lyons a sympathetic and rounded figure. The scene where he dances is a joy.
The Guardian ∗∗∗∗
Freeman not only makes David likable and funny, especially when he reveals his hidden talent for dancing, but suggests that he is ardently sincere in his attacks on Labour cultishness and his belief that “you win from the centre”.
The Telegraph ∗∗∗∗
Lyons, played by Martin Freeman, looks scarcely less daunted than Bilbo Baggins approaching the Lonely Mountain as he tries to bring Kinnockite/ Blairite centrist “common sense” into a land of brass bands and unbending working-class pride.
Time Out London ∗∗∗∗
A huge help are the terrific performances from Freeman and Greig. They’re very different characters – him slick and metrosexual, her bolshy and exaggeratedly folksy, with a running gag about them failing to get each other’s jokes – but they’re united by a heap of personal damage and a deep-seated belief in the party.
Evening Standard ∗∗∗∗
Martin Freeman is Lyons, perfectly catching his mix of playfulness and sincerity — and particularly good at reacting to abuse.
They also interviewed the cast and Martin said about his co-star Tamsin Greig’s last minute addition to the cast and his own work in the play:
It was very weird but fortunately Tamsin hit the ground running and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The size of the role, the size of both of our roles, are too big not to be terrified by and Tamsin might have been terrified inside but she just came to work, hit the ground, and was funny, sharp, a great team player and the quickest learner I have ever seen
[The play] reinforced my admiration for politicians. It has been a long time since I’ve been someone who thinks that all Tories are bastards. Don’t think anyone who goes into being an MP is anything but probably at heart quite a selfless public servant because you don’t do these hours for what is relatively not a lot of money without believing in what you’re doing.