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Love In Idleness

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).


Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Cancellation Policy

No refunds available after purchase


2hrs 45mins

1 interval - (15 mins)

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference. 

If you choose collect at box office please print this and bring it with you on the day of the show a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. 

If you choose post - tickets are sent 5 days after purchase

When Can I Go

11th May - 1st July 2017

Thu 18 May 7pm Press Night

Where Do I Go

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES. 

By Tube - Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

By Bus -1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

Apollo Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Latest customer reviews

  • Dull and disappointing

    30 June 2017

    I was seriously disappointed with this positively reviewed play. The script was tired and implausible. Even as a period-piece it was just too far from reality. Acting was good, but I was embarrassed to have taken visitors to London to such a dull production.

    An enthusiastic theatre-goer Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Heartbreaking comedy

    30 June 2017

    I loved the play and the very fine acting of the three main characters - Edward Bluemel is a revelation. We wanted something thought-provoking, moving and funny and this was perfect entertainment in these difficult times. Thank you very much! More lesser-known Rattigan plays please...

    Joanna W Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • A timeless treat!

    28 June 2017

    I wasn't sure what to expect, having only seen one Rattigan play before (Winslow Boy) but I was keen to see Eve Best acting. She was wonderful, as were the other leads. All parents would identify with the behaviour of her stage son! Although set a while ago, it hasn't dated and was funny, poignant and very relevant. A real treat.

    H.Webb Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Love in Idleness

    24 June 2017

    Loved the production, the direction and the acting and of course the writing. it was witty and thought provoking, funny and moving. The only criticism s the fact that some actors - eg Eve Best - who is wonderful with enormous charm and a beautiful voice - did not project properly. We were only in Row C in the Dress Circle. We did not catch some of what was said. Some lines seem to be thrown away. This did lessen our enjoyment of what was otherwise a great evening out. This often happens when a production transfers to a larger house from a smaller space (ie The Menier). Perhaps the Director could ask the actors to be aware of this ?

    Kate Glover Confirmed ticket purchaser

Latest critic reviews

  • "Rare Rattigan revival packs a considerable punch"

    The Stage

  • "Best shines as a flirtatious widow in Trevor Nunn’s update of a Terence Rattigan rewrite"

    The Guardian

  • "It brilliantly synthesises the two versions that exist of a play by Terence Rattigan"

    The Independent

  • "Rare Rattigan revival packs a considerable punch"

    The Stage

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