REVIEW: Love In Idleness. Apollo Theatre ✭✭✭

Love In idleness at the Apollo Theatre

Love In Idleness Apollo Theatre 18th May 2017 3 Stars Book Tickets Recently, there has been a spate of interest in Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, with high-profile revivals, a new film, and even a brilliant new play, Mike Poulton’s, ‘Kenny’, based on both the real events that suggested it and also on the meticulously crafted drama that arose from their ashes.  So it was probably only a matter of time before someone got around to wheeling out his collection of sketches for the later, much more fully realised and successful play, the work that is known by a peculiar reference to Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ that now finds itself upgrading from the Menier Chocolate Factory in this show relocation to Shaftesbury Avenue. Promoted – in Bob King’s carefully arranged graphic design – as a three-hander between a young man, Michael Brown, a woman in the prime … Read more

Rattigan’s French Without Tears At Orange Tree

French Without Tears by Terrence Rattigan at the Orange Tree Theatre

For the first time in a generation Terence Rattigan’s 1936 comedy will have a London run at the Orange Tree Theatre. After a group of young men arrive at Monsieur Maingot’s French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, their concentration is disrupted by beautiful visitor Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they must learn another new language: girls. At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him. And Bill. Oh, and darling Alan, of course. Then there’s Jack: she’s in love too. Meanwhile, Babe conceals his feelings… Not so simple after all. French Without Tears will be directed by Orange Tree Artistic Director Paul Miller. Casting includes Laila Alj, William Belchambers, Alexander Bhat, Joe Eyre, Genevieve Gaunt, Tom Hanson, Patrick McNamee, David Whitworth and Sarah Winter. French Without Tears is designed by Simon Daw, lighting design by Mark Doubleday, Costumes by Holly Rose Henshaw … Read more

Zoë Wanamaker Joins The Cast Of Harlequinade

It has been announced today that Zoë Wanamaker will join the cast of Harlequinade alongside John Dalgleish when the play is performed by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company as part of its Plays At The Garrick Season. Wanamaker will take on the role of Dame Maud In Harelquinade. In addition she will perform Terence Rattigan’s dramatic monologue All On Her Own, which has never been seen in the West End as a double bill with Harlequinade. Fresh from his award-winning performance in Sunny Afternoon, John Dalgleish will join the casts of both Harlequinade and The Winter’s Tale. Kenneth Branagh said: “Zoë Wanamaker is a brilliant comedienne and a great tragic actress too. In joining us for the Rattigan comedy we seized on the opportunity to let her show us the dramatic side of a playwright also known as ‘the English Chekhov’. The rarely seen All On Her Own provides a … Read more

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