About the show
West End transfer of Trevor Nunn’s Love In Idleness at the Apollo Theatre.
Following a highly successful run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this spring, Love In Idleness moves across the River Thames to the Apollo Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn, the drama stars Eve Best and Anthony Head. Vivienne Rochester, Edward Bluemel and Nicola Sloane also perform alongside them.
Love In Idleness combines two versions of the same story written by playwright Terence Rattigan. They were originally titled Love In Idleness and Less Then Kind. The plot is centred on the return home of a son, Michael, after he was evacuated to Canada. During his time abroad, family life has substantially changed. His widowed mother, Olivia, has become the mistress of a cabinet minister and is living in his Westminster home.
The Independent gives the Menier Chocolate Factory run five stars. It exclaims that “Trevor Nunn has brilliantly synthesised the two versions” of Rattigan’s play. The Stage gives it four stars and described it as “pitch-perfect”. The Telegraph also awarded it four stars and called it a “gripping fusion of domestic tragi-comedy and political debate”.
Eve Best, who plays Olivia, is an award-winning stage performer. She’s also a regular screen star, appearing in series including Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Nurse Jackie. Anthony Head is a similar performer. While he’s regularly performed on stage, he may still be best known as Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Giles. New star Edward Bluemel recently played a leading role in ITV’s The Halcyon. You can find out more about the young actor in our Rising Star interview.
Rattigan is famous for his plays depicting a particular upper-middle-class Englishness and intense emotional repression. His works include Separate Tables, Harlequinade, French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version. In 2016, Helen McCrory starred in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre.
Please note that Helen George, who performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will not be reprising her role due to filming commitments.
Love In Idleness runs at the Apollo Theatre from 11 May – 1 July 2017.
Map & Location
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