Love In Idleness at Apollo Theatre tickets
Love In Idleness at Apollo Theatre tickets

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Overview

Following an acclaimed sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Love In Idleness has transferred to the West End for a limited run from the 11th May 2017 to 1st July 2017.

Love In Idleness tells the story of eighteen-year-old Michael who returns to Canada after a four year absence during the war, full of youthful idealism and liberal tendencies.

He is abhorred when he discovers that his widowed mother Olivia has become the mistress of cabinet minister Sir John Fletcher, while making the most of high society.

Upon meeting, Michael and John instantly butt heads, with sparks flying and relationships being tested, everyone is set to learn some difficult lessons in love.

Love In Idleness at the Apollo Theatre marks acclaimed director Trevor Nunn’s return to the work of Terence Rattigan following his smash hit version of Flare Path.

Nunn is one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors, having had stints as Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and currently the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Sir Trevor Nunn is best known for his work on much-lobed musicals such as Cats and Les Miserables as well as dramas such as Nicholas Nickleby and Macbeth.

The production stars Eve Best, who is best known for her Olivier and Evening Standard Award winning performance in Hedda Gabler for the Almeida Theatre as well as her acclaimed role in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Acclaimed actor Anthony Head co-stars. Perhaps best known for his television roles in Merlin and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Love In Idleness marked a welcome return to the stage for the veteran theatre actor.

Love In Idleness features set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clark and projection design by Duncan McLean.

Marking the first time the play has been performed in the West End since 1944, this transfer is the perfect opportunity for those who missed out on the sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory earlier this year to catch this incredibly play.

Love In Idleness is set to ran for a limited 50 performances between 11th May 2017 and 1st July 2017 at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End.

Recommended for

Those who saw Helen McCrory recently star in the National Theatre production of The Deep Blue Sea will be excited to see another incredible Terrence Rattigan play brought back to the stage so quickly. After entirely selling out its acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, this is the perfect opportunity for those who missed out on tickets the first time, to catch this incredibly play.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
Opened: 11 May 2017
Press night: 18 May 2017
Booking from: 30 Jun 2017
Booking until: 01 Jul 2017

Location and map

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ

23 Reviews Add review

I really enjoyed this production of ‘Love in Idleness’. Unfortunately Eve Best was indisposed due to illness for this perform... More

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this production of ‘Love in Idleness’. Unfortunately Eve Best was indisposed due to illness for this performance, however her understudy did a sterling job. I found it really engaging, funny in parts and a general light-hearted feel good play. It was a shame the theatre was only half full as it is a good production. The bonus was that I got an upgraded seat from the back row of the stalls to Row F of the stalls! My only gripe would be that it did feel slightly dated and I wasn’t keen on the Pathe News reels being shown between each act, however I understand they needed to show the audience something in order to cope with the big scene changes behind. Overall, a really enjoyable production, with really good acting.

joc78 5"4, 200 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Anthony Stewart Head is so charismatic that he could have stood and talked for two hours on the stage and I would have loved it. ... More

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Anthony Stewart Head is so charismatic that he could have stood and talked for two hours on the stage and I would have loved it. In this, he shone. However, that being said, the play is actually really good as well. It's witty, it's clever and the family issues raised are still relevant today, despite it being a period piece. Edward Bluemel is a breath of fresh air as immature Michael who is unable to come to terms with his mother's boyfriend, and his interactions with Head are fantastic. We had an understudy playing the part of Olivia, and she was wonderful. The relationships between the characters are really believable thanks to strong actors behind them. Well worth a watch.

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw Love in Idleness when it was on at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Since then, I feel as though the actors have got bored with... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I saw Love in Idleness when it was on at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Since then, I feel as though the actors have got bored with the material and are simply rushing through to get to the end. Eve Best absolutely shot through her lines, making them difficult to understand, whilst Anthony Head stumbled quite a lot. I honestly think Edward Bluemel is hilarious and puts on a brilliant performance. Unfortunately, although the premise of the play is good, I really don't see much point in it being revived. It just is not relevant!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I loved the staging, the play itself, and I thought the performances were excellent! So funny for much of the play, though there w... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 165 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I loved the staging, the play itself, and I thought the performances were excellent! So funny for much of the play, though there were also times when I was moved, and the political references were very interesting.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 165 reviews, 5 helpful votes

The show was excellent, especially the three main actors. It was amusing and thought provoking to think about what has & hasn't ch... More

chocoholics2005 4"10, 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was excellent, especially the three main actors. It was amusing and thought provoking to think about what has & hasn't changed since WW2 and the time flew by, even though it's a fairly long show.

chocoholics2005 4"10, 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Started quite funny and with some enjoyable pieces of witty dialogue. The whole thing felt rather overly long and overwrought thou... More

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Started quite funny and with some enjoyable pieces of witty dialogue. The whole thing felt rather overly long and overwrought though. Throughout the second half the laughs began to simmer off and the ending fizzles out a bit. Eve Best is fantastic and her over-the-top smothering mother and socialite character is one of the most enjoyable parts of the night. Anthony Head bounces off her well too. It's a well done version of Love In Idleness, but the comedy does feel its age.

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

What an utterly charming play and production. Great performances by all and you leave smiling from ear to ear.

lisawiedemann 172, 56 reviews, 1 helpful vote

What an utterly charming play and production. Great performances by all and you leave smiling from ear to ear.

lisawiedemann 172, 56 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was a brilliant show. It was unbelievably funny and a tad emotional too.

emilydiver 5"0, 160 reviews, 13 helpful votes

This was a brilliant show. It was unbelievably funny and a tad emotional too.

emilydiver 5"0, 160 reviews, 13 helpful votes

Surprisingly enjoyable with good performances from the three leads. It felt topical for today even though it takes place in WWII.

Funthing29 5"1, 142 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Surprisingly enjoyable with good performances from the three leads. It felt topical for today even though it takes place in WWII.

Funthing29 5"1, 142 reviews, 10 helpful votes
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