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About the show

After an acclaimed, sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Terence Rattigan’s brilliant comedy Love in Idleness transfers to the West End for a limited season. Playing for a strictly limited 50 performances, Rattigan’s play was last seen in London in 1944, with the revival receiving five-star reviews.

Love in Idleness sees 18 year-old Michael return home after four years in Canada to find his widowed mother is the mistress of prolific cabinet minister Sir John Fletcher. On discovering his mother, Olivia, is enjoying life in high society, Michael uses his left-wing ideologies to clash with John and tear their relationship apart.

Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best (Hedda Gabler, A Moon for the Misbegotten) stars as Olivia, opposite Anthony Head (Merlin, Six Degrees of Separation) as John Fletcher. Further casting includes Edward Bluemel as Michael, alongside Vivienne Rochester and Nicola Sloane. Helen George will not be reprising her role as Mrs Fletcher due to prior filming commitments.

Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables, Relative Values) directs, returning to Rattigan’s plays after huge success with Flare Path, starring Sheridan Smith. Love in Idleness features set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Paul Pyant, sound design by Gregory Clarke and projection design by Duncan McLean.

Love in Idleness plays a strictly limited 50 performances from May 18th 2017, with previews beginning May 11th 2017 at London’s Apollo Theatre.

Who Should See It?

Those who missed out on tickets at the Menier Chocolate Factory now have the opportunity to see the production on the West End! Fans of Rattigan’s comedies will find this production hugely entertaining.

Love in Idleness may not be suitable for young children.

Playing at

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Apollo Theatre seating plan

Booking period

11th May 2017

21st May 2018

1st Jul 2017

Running time

2 hours 45 mins (including interval)


May not be suitable for young children