Love in Idleness

Apollo Shaftesbury Ave

Love in Idleness

11 May 2017 - 01 Jul 2017

£30.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

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.

Transfer from Menier Chocolate Factory. Charlotte Spencer replaces Helen George as Diana. Other cast members reprise their roles.  Reviews from Menier.


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“Sparkling and reminted production directed with scrupulous care and considerable style... Best reveals the complexity beneath.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Glorious... Often howlingly funny with the drop-dead timing of Best, Head and the rest... Another Menier gem. Hurrah.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Best's subtle, beyond-hilarious... Bluemel is perfection... Head is excellent... Lightness of touch... Seriously illuminating.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Brilliant Best, with tiny gestures, fleeting expressions and tones, gives the already sparkling dialogue a coruscating force.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Nunn’s production is played with such pitch-perfect mood and period nuance that it emerges as a scintillating rediscovery.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Beneath Rattigan’s brilliant wit the wounds of love are cruel... Nunn again proves a convincing advocate of Rattigan’s work.”

Tom Birchenough (Arts Desk)

“I became gripped by its ingenious fusion of domestic tragi-comedy and political debate... The pacing is superb... Flies by.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Nunn offers a hybrid of the scripts (to preserve the political grist of the first) and directs with verve... Superlative Best.”

Kate Kellaway (Observer)

“The main reason to see this revival of Terence Rattigan’s rarely performed Forties comedy is Eve Best. She’s glorious.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Nunn’s beautifully acted staging brings out the emotional truths behind the droll repartee... Best is simply brilliant.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“The acting is a delight. Eve Best as Olivia perfectly captures the character’s mix of sexual passion and social snobbery.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Dismayingly lumpy and uncertain of tone... The always charismatic Best keeps the long evening afloat, just about... Uncompelling”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Best essentially justifies the whole thing. One of our finest stage actors, she is phenomenal as Olivia. She is very, very funny”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Veers from dark-edged stoicism to a sub-Coward dottiness... Despite its accomplished leads, feels a bit of a misfire.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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