Love in Idleness
Presented by the Henley Players
Love in Idleness, written in 1944 by Terence Rattigan, and revived very successfully in 2017, is a fascinating fusion of comedy and political comment: one of Rattigan’s lighter plays, it sparkles with Cowardesque wit and humour.
Young Michael returns from his evacuation to Canada bursting with left-wing ideals, only to discover that his widowed mother is enjoying a liaison with a wealthy Tory industrialist and member of the War Cabinet, a representative of all that Michael opposes.
A tug-of-war comedy, with echoes of Hamlet, ensues, as Olivia is torn between her callous offspring and her devotion to Sir John, whose ghastly wife gives him little to turn to.
Originally entitled Less than Kind, Rattigan revised the play for the famous show business couple the Lunts, as a delicious comedy clash of ideas and ideals.
Tickets: Weds/Thurs: Adult £13, Concessions £12
Fri/Sat: £15, Sat matinee £13
(includes £1 theatre restoration levy)
Running time: 110 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)