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Love In Idleness tickets

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.

Performance dates: 30 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017

Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for young children

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The best seats in the Apollo Theatre tend to be in the centre of the Stalls, giving the best views and legroom, although a slight overhang can affect seats in Row N and further towards the rear.

The Dress Circle can give good views also, with the centre being preferable as a curved layout can often mean seats towards the end of rows are not the best. The Grand Circle is the most distant sections and often feels so, however will generally provide the cheapest theatre tickets.

Latest audience reviews

Very funny, Anthony Head was very good, having only seen him in Buffy the vampire slayer and the coffee... More

susanclements 07 Jul 2018

Very funny, Anthony Head was very good, having only seen him in Buffy the vampire slayer and the coffee ads I didn’t know what to expect, but the whole play was very funny.

susanclements 07 Jul 2018
kissmypegs 20 Jan 2018

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

Chen 13 Jun 2017

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 13 Jun 2017

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

joc78 Top 10 reviewer01 Jun 2017

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 Top 10 reviewer01 Jun 2017

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

londontheatrefan Top 100 reviewer21 May 2017

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 Top 100 reviewer21 May 2017

The show was excellent, especially the three main actors. It was amusing and thought provoking to think... More

chocoholics2005 13 May 2017

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 13 May 2017
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