Left wing politics and capitalism collide in Terence Rattigan’s 1944 play Love In Idleness, coming to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. Starring Edward Bluemel in the lead role of Michael, this production will captivate audiences with a stellar cast working under the direction of Sir Trevor Nunn, ensuring it remains as powerful and comedic as it did back in the 1940s.
The comedy emerged in the mid-point of Rattigan’s success. By 1944 he had already released the likes of Flare Path and After The Dance, with The Winslow Boy and The Browning Version amongst those just over the horizon. The playwright died in 1977 but left behind a lasting legacy of work that ensures he remains one of the nation’s favourite talents.
Whilst the show was penned in the latter days of the Second World War, with the subject matter occurring against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict, the text still resonates and its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory earlier in 2017 has been a testament to this. Audiences have reacted positively to the production, whilst critics have been praising it as well.
The focus is on Michael (Bluemel) and the relationship he has with his mother, Olivia (Eve Best), and her new flame, Sir John Fletcher (Anthony Head). Michael has been away from home for a few years at the beginning of the play and upon his return from Canada he finds himself conflicted with his mother’s new love interest. Michael is a keen left-winger and Sir John is not only an MP, but also a rich businessman. As a result Olivia is soon going to learn that she has created a firestorm of disagreement.
And his work will be honoured all over again with the release of Love In Idleness, with some talented individuals bringing his characters to life. Edward Bluemel, for example, has appeared in numerous shows with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has also acted onscreen in the likes of The Halcyon, Holby City and the 2017 film Access All Areas.
Love In Idleness, under the direction of the renowned Trevor Nunn, runs at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from Thursday 11th May 2017.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 11th May 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 1st July 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Thursday, 11 May, 2017||Apollo Theatre, London||Love in Idleness|
|Friday, 12 May, 2017||Apollo Theatre, London||Love in Idleness|
|Saturday, 13 May, 2017||Apollo Theatre, London||Love in Idleness|
|Monday, 15 May, 2017||Apollo Theatre, London||Love in Idleness|
|Tuesday, 16 May, 2017||Apollo Theatre, London||Love in Idleness|
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