In Praise of Love

By Terence Rattigan

Synopsis:

“I believe that the best plays are about people, and not about things”

So wrote Terence Rattigan and In Praise of Love, his almost unbearably moving story of veiled emotions running deep, demonstrates perfectly the truth of his remark.

Lydia and Sebastian Cruttwell, a married couple living in North London in the 1970’s, have an affectionate, if somewhat abrasive, relationship. Their son Joey, an aspiring young playwright, is on the opposite side of the political spectrum to his over-bearing father. Add to this family trio Lydia’s closest friend, the American writer Mark Walters, and the stage is set for a real-life chess game as the loves and loathings of the four protagonists play out in a series of tactical power-struggles and outwitting manoeuvres. But the King and Queen of the game are locked in a deeper and more important battle than anyone realises. Whilst, on the surface, the play takes the form of a comedy of misunderstanding, it quickly builds into a situation of almost unbearable suspense as layer after layer of comedy and pretence is peeled away.

“Few dramatists of the 20th century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan” Michael Billington

We are anticipating a sell-out show, so don’t leave it too late to get tickets for this elegant pre-Christmas treat.

This amateur production of ‘In Praise of Love’ is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD

In Praise of Love
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in December 2016.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Bob Constantine

Bob Constantine

Sebastian Cruttwell

Chris Constantine

Chris Constantine

Joey Cruttwell

Caroline Groom

Caroline Groom

Lydia Cruttwell

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Mark Walters

Review/s of In Praise of Love:

Review 1: "Another good example of how versatile the company are"

Next Stage Theatre Company and their trade mark high standards bring this slightly lesser known Rattigan piece to The Mission this week. The play is loosely inspired by the true-life relationship between the Actor Rex Harrison and his actress wife Kay Kendall. In the mid 1950’s she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and Harrison tried to hide this from her whilst nursing her until her death. Here,…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield

Review 2: "So well performed"

Rattigan’s penultimate play, first performed in 1973, is loosely based on Rex Harrison and his wife Kay Kendall. Insensitive, self-absorbed and Marxist, Sebastian is an acerbic literary critic who many years ago wrote a successful novel; a feat he has not since repeated. He is married to Lydia, an Estonian refugee that he met as war ended and he was in military intelligence. 28 years later he has…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

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