There's a long-established narrative that Terence Rattigan, darling of the West End stage in the 1940s and 50s, was consigned to the theatrical scrapheap by the arrival of the Angry Young Men of the Royal Court in the mid-50s, led by John Osborne and the 1956 premiere of Look Back in Anger there. But theatrical fashion is a peculiar thing: nowadays you are far more likely to see a Rattigan revival than an Osborne one, let alone a play by other angry young men like John Arden,... Read more
Following a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy Love in Idleness transfers to the Apollo Theatre for 50 performances only.
This brand new production marks Trevor Nunn's exciting return to Rattigan's work, following the huge success of Flare Path.
Returning from Canada after a four-year absence during the war, eighteen-year-old Michael is full of youthful ideology and leftist leanings. But he is shocked to find his widowed mother Olivia is now the mistress of cabinet minister Sir John Fletcher, enjoying a comfortable society life. When Michael and John clash, sparks fly and relationships are tested as everyone learns some difficult lessons in love.
Love in Idleness stars the Olivier Award winning Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Hedda Gabler and Nurse Jackie), Anthony Head (Six Degrees of Separation, Merlin and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Edward Bluemel (The Halcyon).