Further casting announced for West End transfer of LOVE IN IDLENESS

Love In Idleness

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Charlotte Spencer joins Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, Anthony Head, Vivienne Rochester and Nicola Sloane in Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness as it transfers to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited season. The production plays for just 50 performances, opening on 18 May, with previews from 11 May, and is running until 1 July.

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.

Terence Rattigan’s (1911 – 1977) major works include The Deep Blue Sea, The Browning Version, Separate Tables, French without Tears and The Winslow Boy.

Charlotte Spencer plays Diana Fletcher. Her theatre work includes the role of Christine Keeler in Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), Oliver (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre). For television, her work includes The Living and the Dead, Broad Squad, Glue (Best Supporting Actress nomination at the BAFTA Television Awards 2015), Stonemouth (Best Actress nomination at the Scottish BAFTA television awards) and Line Of Duty. Her voice work includes the title role in Angelina Ballerina. For film, her work includes Bypass, Les Miserables, and Wild Bill.

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Photo: Catherine Ashmore