The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced principal casting for their major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness. Trevor Nunn directs Eve Best (Olivia Brown), Edward Bluemel (Michael Brown), Helen George (Diana Fletcher) and Anthony Head (Sir John Fletcher). The production runs from 9 March to 29 April 2017, with a press night on 20 March.
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.
This new production sees Nunn return to Rattigan, following the huge success of Flare Path, with another of the playwright’s trio of ‘war plays’, which also includes While the Sun Shines.
As previously announced, Nunn will follow Love and Idleness with a revival of Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage opening on 17 May, with previews from 4 May, and completing its run on 8 July.
Eve Best is playing Olivia Brown. Her theatre credits in London include Hedda Gabler (Almeida Theatre / Duke of York’s – Olivier Award for Best Actress, Evening Standard Award for Best Actress), Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe),The Duchess of Malfi, A Moon for the Misbegotten (The Old Vic), As You Like It (RSC/Sheffield Crucible), Le Misanthrope (Chichester Minerva), Mourning Becomes Electra (Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress), The Coast of Utopia, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and The Heiress (all National Theatre), and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic – London Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer). Her theatre work on Broadway includes Harold Pinter’s Old Times and The Homecoming (Tony Award nomination for Best Actress) and A Moon for the Misbegotten (Tony Award nomination for Best Actress, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress). For television, her work includes Lucky Man, Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman, Life in Squares, The Shadow Line, Shackleton and Prime Suspect; and for film, The King’s Speech. She made her directorial debut with Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2013. This is her third collaboration with Trevor Nunn following The Cherry Orchard and The Coast of Utopia.
Edward Bluemel plays Michael Brown. His theatre credits include Animal, Longing, Strange Orchestra, The Winter’s Tale (Richard Burton Theatre Company), Mercury Fur (Company of Sirens). His television credits include The Halcyon. His film credits include The Commuter, Access All Areas.
Helen George plays Diana Fletcher. Her theatre includes After Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Bath and UK tour), The Hotel Plays: The Pink Bedroom (Defibrillator Theatre), A Christmas Fair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Milton Rooms), By Jeeves (Landor Theatre),The Woman in White (Palace Theatre) and Company. For television, her work includes Call the Midwife, Red Dwarf, Over to Bill, Dark Matters, Hotel Babylon II, Gatecrasher Summer Sound System; and for film, Scar Tissue, The Child, The Three Musketeers, 7Lives.
Anthony Head plays Sir John Fletcher. His theatre includes Ticking (Trafalgar Studios), Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Vic), The Tempest (New Huntington Theatre), Otherwise Engaged (Criterion) Peter Pan, Pirates of Penzance (Savoy Theatre), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Duke of York’s), Rope (Wyndham’s), Chess (Prince Edward), Yonadab, The Prince of Homburg (National Theatre) and Patriot for Me (Chichester Festival). For television his work include Still Star-Crossed, Guilt, Drunk History, Harmony, Dominion, Galavant, The Selection, Warehouse 13, Dancing on the Edge, Free Agents, Sold, The Invisibles, Sensitive Skin, Dr Who, Persuasion, Hotel Babylon, Rose and Maloney, My Family, Monarch of the Glen, MIT, New Tricks, Little Britain, Reversals, Manchild, Spooks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Love in a Cold Climate; and for film, A Street Cat Named Bob, Despite the Falling Snow, Flying Home, Convenience, Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters, Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance, The Iron Lady, The Great Ghost Rescue, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Sweeny Todd and The Tourist.