‘Since my last confession three weeks ago I have committed adultery twenty-seven times.’
On the night of her mother’s funeral, Rose Pemberton does not join her Catholic family to say mass. She is in a hotel with Michael, a married psychology lecturer.
Graham Greene’s powerful and shocking play is a story of sex, sin, and guilt. It unfolds in the mysterious ‘living room’ of Rose’s elderly Catholic uncle and aunts, as a net begins to close around the adulterous couple. With echoes of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, Greene captures a dying but irresistibly powerful world.
The Living Room ran in the West End and on Broadway to great acclaim after its 1953 premiere. This is its first major revival after sixty years. Graham Greene is regarded as one of the finest novelists of the 20th century. His novels include Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana. He also wrote the screenplay for The Third Man.