In Praise of Love by Terence Rattigan
Saturday September 28th - Saturday October 5th
Matinee Sunday September 29th 2.30pm
The new season at the Chesil Theatre, Winchester, opens with In Praise of Love, a tender and deeply moving play by a master of twentieth century theatre, Terence Rattigan.
Sebastian Crutwell, an acerbic arts critic on a Sunday newspaper, keeps the world at bay with his aggressively mocking banter. His reluctance, or inability, to admit his true feelings for his wife, Lydia and son, Joey, results in him talking to them in the same witty, but detached, style.
Lydia knows she has polyarteritus but shields Sebastian from the knowledge. However, he also knows and in turn is trying to protect her. We learn of the hidden truths and reticent emotions in this marriage when both confide in their friend, Mark. It is ironic that they can confess their passion more easily to other people than to each other.
Director, Norma York, said: "In Praise of Love, Rattigan's penultimate play, is packed with allusions to his own life and those of his friends. He was particularly inspired by Rex Harrison's decision not to inform his beautiful wife, the actress, Kay Kendall of her terminal diagnosis."
The play opens on Saturday September 28th and runs until October 5th at 7.45pm with a matinee on Sunday 29th at 2.30pm.Tickets from £12 available from our online booking facility.