Trevor Nunn directs this revival of Terence Rattigan’s comedy which stars Eve Best, Helen George, Anthony Head and Edward Bluemel. Here is what critics have been saying about it:
The Telegraph: ★★★★ “not only gripped by its ingenious fusion of domestic tragi-comedy and political debate but ever more seized by the conviction that this work has now entered the canon of must-do Rattigana”
The Guardian: ★★★ “a good evening that, in stitching together two different versions of the same play, shows Rattigan’s capacity to mix genres and combine laughter and pain.”
The Independent: ★★★★★ “Nunn has many formidable strengths as a man of the theatre, but lightness of touch never struck me as one before now.”
The Stage: ★★★★ “Nunn’s production is played with such pitch-perfect mood and period nuance that it emerges as a scintillating rediscovery.
Evening Standard: ★★★ “The end result, unfortunately, is dismayingly lumpy and uncertain of tone; a strange lurch into farce in the final act makes it seem more Ray Cooney than Terence Rattigan.”
Time Out: ★★★ “It’s a proper masterclass from Best, though I couldn’t help occasionally think she would probably have been equally as good in one of the many, many better Rattigan plays.”
Broadway World.com: ★★★★ “Nunn’s hybrid production is a masterful tonal mix.”
Theatre Cat: “It hasn’t the extreme emotional punch of The Deep Blue Sea or Flare Path, but it is in its way a piece of perfection, especially in this careful, loving production.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★★ “a lovingly detailed, beautifully acted production”
The Times: ★★★ “There are many things that are excellent about this production, but this rom-com with pretensions of seriousness is too long.”
British Theatre Guide: “Occasionally, all involved seem to be trying a little too hard for laughs but overall, the play loses little in the transformation and should be yet another triumph for the Menier.”
The FT: ★★★★★ “The brilliant Best, with a thousand tiny gestures, fleeting expressions and tones, gives the already sparkling dialogue a coruscating force.”
Love in Idleness continues to play at the Menier Chocolate Theatre until the 29th April.