In Praise of ‘In Praise of Love’

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Performance Dates: Monday 01 – Saturday 06 May @ 8pm

by Terence Rattigan | Directed by Fleur Buckley | Kent Drama Association Full-Length Play Festival Entry

In Praise of Love was performed to packed audiences at Beckenham Theatre during the first week of May 2017 and audience reactions have been outstanding. Here are some of the comments taken from social media following performances:

…an absolute triumph. I laughed and cried! The performances were so real and entirely believable… had me transfixed! A wonderful production with sublime acting and direction to die for! Thank you all!” – Laura Adams

I have liked this play since I first saw it many years ago. I thought the direction, setting and performances were excellent. The costumes were just right too. Well done and thank you to all involved.” – Christine Bate

“...In Praise Of Love was an absolutely brilliant and wonderful production… blown away by all performances and by such an amazing play!” – Kyle Cluett

a fine play & a phenomenal production .. at times very funny but by the end members of the audience were moved to tears. .. Great theatre at an intimate little venue & not expensive.” – Paul Green

An absolutely beautiful emotional play delivered by extremely talented actors.” – Emma Sweeney

You can see more comments on the Beckenham Theatre Facebook Group

The play is inspired by the true life situation of Rattigan’s friend Rex Harrison and his wife, Kay Kendall, who suffered an early death from cancer. In the play, Lydia is shielding her husband, irascible Drama Critic, Sebastian, from the knowledge that she has leukaemia. Sebastian does in fact know however, and is seeking to spare her.

In order to do so, he has to continue to treat her and their son, Joey as boorishly as he has always done. In the process he lets his son down so badly that their relationship may be irretrievably lost. This is much to the horror of his friend Mark, who has loved his friend’s wife for years, and is appalled by Sebastian’s treatment of both Lydia and Joey.

Written, as always, in Rattigan’s elegant prose, with wit and poignancy, the play follows his eternal theme of what people don’t, or can’t say, being more revealing than what they actually do say.

Lydia Cruttwell – Sue Williams
Sebastian Cruttwell – Mike Savill
Mark Walters – Jonathan Evans
Joey Cruttwell – Simon Bigg

An amateur production by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.