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Love In Idleness

Apollo Theatre

The West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory's critically acclaimed revival of Terence Rattigan’s Love In Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Following a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy Love In Idleness transfers to the Apollo Theatre for 50 performances only.

This brand new production marks Trevor Nunn’s exciting return to Rattigan’s work, following the huge success of Flare Path.

Returning from Canada after a four-year absence during the war, eighteen-year-old Michael is full of youthful ideology and leftist leanings. But he is shocked to find his widowed mother Olivia is now the mistress of cabinet minister Sir John Fletcher, enjoying a comfortable society life. When Michael and John clash, sparks fly and relationships are tested as everyone learns some difficult lessons in love.

Love In Idleness stars the Olivier Award-winning Eve Best (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Hedda Gabler and Nurse Jackie), Anthony Head (Six Degrees Of Separation, Merlin and Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Edward Bluemel (The Halcyon).


Previews From

Opening Night

Closing Night

Running time

Nearest Tube
Piccadilly Circus 250m

Nearest Bus
1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

Nearest Train
Charing Cross

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Cast & Creative


Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, Anthony Head, Vivienne Rochester, Nicola Sloane, Charlotte Spencer


Director - Trevor Nunn

Producer - Chocolate Factory Productions & Nica Burns

Lighting Designer - Paul Pyant

Set Designer - Stephen Brimson Lewis

Sound - Gregory Clarke

Author - Terence Rattigan

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