Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ
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Opened: 11 May 2017
Booking from: 30 Jun 2017
Booking until: 01 Jul 2017
Duration: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
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  • joc78 5"4 female 185 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Love In Idleness, 31st May 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.
    Sat in Stalls F13
    This is an excellent seat located in the Apollo Theatre. You are very central in the middle of the row and the view is perfect – you can see absolutely everything. The seat is pretty comfortable however there isn’t loads of leg room which for a long play such as the one I was watching, did make it slightly uncomfortable. However, the view was excellent.
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    View from Stalls F13
  • Chen 5"6 female 27 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Love In Idleness, 30th May 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.
    Sat in Stalls A17
    Front row so it's an absolutely cracking view. Although the stage is high, I don't remember having to sit upright and straight to be able to see the action, even at the back of the stage. I suppose you do look up slightly, but definitely not uncomfortably so and not even noticeably. It's actually nice being so close to the action because you definitely get swept along in the action and feel almost a part of the play. Great to see facial reactions and expressions clearly.
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    View from Stalls A17
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 113 reviews 3 helpful votes
    60% total rating Love In Idleness, 15th May 2017
    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!
    Sat in Stalls Q19
    I wasn't a big fan of this seat, located toward the rear of the Stalls. It's average in comfort and legroom, but I found the view to be a struggle. The rake begins to level out here, and because you are toward the end of the row it seems a little shallower. That means the person's head in front of you will potentially block the view of the stage. The rows are, however, staggered, so technically you should be able to see through the gap to the stage. Unfortunately I am 5'3" and the lady in front of me was very tall, so I really struggled to see and had to keep weaving. Despite this, you don't feel too far away from the stage, although I would much prefer to sit closer where the rake is better.
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    View from Stalls Q19
  • londontheatrefan 5'4" female 160 reviews 5 helpful votes
    100% total rating Love In Idleness, 20th 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.
    The view from this seat is excellent! Even though the stagger between rows isn't huge, the heads of people in front didn't obstruct the view at all. And for being on the aisle of the centre block, you don't feel like you're particularly off centre, and you can see the whole stage. The comfort of the seat wasn't brilliant, and I found myself shifting position a, number of times. The legroom was only average, and though I could cross my legs, the space felt cramped, although being on the aisle does mean you can at least stretch one leg out.
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    View from Dress Circle D21
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.
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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.
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