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Apollo Theatre, London4.631 reviews
See Olivier Award winning Eve Best, Anthony Head and Edward Bluemel in this great comedy!

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Love in Idleness at the Apollo Theatre, London!

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).

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Additional Information

Running time

2hrs 45mins

Performance dates

Thursday 11th May - Saturday 1 July 2017

Venue Information

Apollo TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

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Customer Reviews

31 reviews4.6

Paul 4th July

An enjoyable comedy set in 1944 featuring one of the impacts of the family separations which had occurred in WW2. Great performance from Eve Best and her two main counterparts.

Annette Hirons2nd July

Brilliant. I was gripped from the first minute.

Jayne Matthews30th June

An excellent entertainment. A very good story, very funny and I was still laughing when I got home.

Philip Stevens30th June

Terence Rattigan is such a good playwright, and this, though not one of his very best, is very watchable. Emily (Eve) Best was excellent as she always is, and her comic timing and that of Anthony Head were perfect, though sometimes they were quite difficult to hear.

andreas beroutsos25th June

High quality production, fine acting, good story, not devoid of engaging surprises

Barbara Curry25th June

Great play with an excellent cast

Maureen Cronin25th June

I didn't purchase a product, I bought theatre tickets

Pamela Franklin23rd June

Traditional theatre, beautifully constructed, well acted and most enjoyable. A delightful experience as theatre should be.

Janet23rd June

I thought it was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed laughing one minute and feeling sad the next! The storyline was so believable and the situation so likely to arise even today, everyone could identify with the struggle that Olivia had. Acting by all was excellent. Congrats to all those involved.

Lance Larsen23rd June

Loved this intelligent, light remake of a classic play!

Malcolm Hawksby23rd June

Thoroughly enjoyable performance. Great to have Rattigan restored to West End.

Lynden Greenley21st June

Typical Rattigan, excellent plot & acting, especially by Anthony Head, who stole the show. Trevor Nunn's direction was spot on. We were in the stalls on the sixth row, but although we have no hearing issues, we had difficulties in detecting many of the lines from the key characters (apart from Anthony Head who was fine). So, some of the actors need to work on their voice projection.