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    Following on from its critically acclaimed West End premiere at the Royal Court in 2012, Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love is being revived at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2020.

    In 1967, The Beatles are performing All You Need is Love on TV for the very first time, and Kenneth and Sandra are meeting. Bartlett’s character exploration follows the couple for the next forty years, charting their journey from the free love of the 1960s to the oppressive retirement years they come to at the beginning of the 20th century. Kenneth and Sandra raised their children through increasing national prosperity, always looking towards a bright future, but it hasn’t quite worked out as they hoped; the children they believe they have done everything for think they haven’t done enough, and the family are starting to go to war over their personal politics.

    Casting for Love, Love, Love at the Lyric Hammersmith includes Olivier Award nominee Rachael Stirling (An Ideal Husband) as Sandra, Nicholas Burns (Measure for Measure) as Kenneth and Patrick Knowles as Henry.

    Mike Bartlett is a celebrated writer for theatre, television and film. His theatrical writing is multi-award winning; amongst many others, Love, Love, Love won the TMA Best New Play Award in 2011 and King Charles III won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play in 2015. In television, he is best known for BBC drama Doctor Foster, which was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. This new production of Love, Love, Love is to be directed by the Lyric Hammersmith’s current artistic director, Rachel O’Riordan.

    A funny yet withering take on the opposing values of two generations, Love, Love, Love opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on 5 March 2020.

    Performance dates: 03 Apr 2020 - 04 Apr 2020

    Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including 2 intervals)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

    Special notice: Fans of Mike Bartlett shouldn’t miss the chance to see one of his most highly praised works return to the West End, and anyone looking for a scathing but witty look at family life will love Mike Bartlett’s intense but naturalistic chamber piece.

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    Latest audience reviews

    Entertaining & very funny. Parents who met in the 60’s Cambridge eduction, living the life, having it... More

    rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer15 Mar 2020

    Entertaining & very funny. Parents who met in the 60’s Cambridge eduction, living the life, having it all & comfortably retired...their 2 children in their 30’s think their parents owe them...

    rachelgreene Top 100 reviewer15 Mar 2020

    The play takes place over three acts (therefore two intervals). As I discovered from the people around... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer08 Mar 2020

    The play takes place over three acts (therefore two intervals). As I discovered from the people around me who'd splashed out on programmes, these three acts represent three different years - 1967, 1990, and 2011. And over these years, we follow the story of a couple who meet in 1967.. by 1990 they're married with kids.. and in 2011 the kids are grown up. And it's now that we see the full consequences of the decisions made all those years before. One quibble: Rachael Stirling, who plays the woman of the couple, Sandra, is supposed to be a teenager in the first act. Now, she's excellent in the later acts - and they do their best for the first act, giving her long, loose hair, putting her in youthful clothes. But really - a teenager?! I had to laugh (discreetly) when she mentioned something about not having wrinkles.. her partner, Nicholas Burns (Kenneth) ages much more convincingly! Overall though, the acting is excellent, and the staging for each act does reflect the time period it's set in. The play is billed as telling the story of the different perspectives of the two generations - and yes, the issues raised are very topical. A real talking-point, too - someone behind me, as I was coming out, was railing against the couple's daughter.. and this is one where you're liable to take sides, parents or children. But the most enjoyable aspect of the production has to be the soundtrack - before the start of each act, they blast you with some evocative pop music from that era. And it really brings back memories! Very enjoyable, as well as thought-provoking. Highly recommended.

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer08 Mar 2020

    I was a bit disappointed with this production as I'm a huge Mike Bartlett fan but I don't think this... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer12 Mar 2020

    I was a bit disappointed with this production as I'm a huge Mike Bartlett fan but I don't think this is one of his best. It felt like I was watching Eastenders on stage as it was very episodic and to me it didn't really serve much purpose!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer12 Mar 2020
    kwarnock7 Top 50 reviewer09 Mar 2020
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