Jermyn Street Theatre of London's West End are streaming Terence Rattigan's illustrious play In Praise of Love tonight at 7:30pm. First performed at the Duchess Theatre, London in 1973, In Praise of Love is a powerful story of deception and fatality in relationships. Egotistical left-wing literary critic Sebastian and his East European refugee wife Lydia, with the best of intentions, deceive each other over Lydia's fatal illness. The play was based in part on the relationship between Rattigan's friend, the actor Rex Harrison, and his wife Kay Kendall, who died of leukaemia. Rex Harrison went on to play the part based on himself in the Broadway production of the play at the Morosco Theatre in 1974.
Catch the live reading of the play on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIspZ8jyAbc&feature=youtu.be
The most recent work to come from John Godber and Jane Thornton is the six part radio drama called 'Essentials', which takes place over breakfast in the kitchen of a Yorkshire family. Tension, comedy and burnt toast whilst they wrestle with the realities of Lockdown UK. Short, punchy episodes to keep us going amidst the current crisis!
Have a listen here: https://essentials_johngodber.buzzsprout.com/?fbclid=IwAR0wGPUNswv4Y1pV1_ae1t3bLtiolUDaYx_fTLlnwS96HgqiRatQ9VPsQxg.
The Stage have published a review of Noël Coward's debut play from May 6, 1920; 100 years ago today!
I'll Leave It To You opened on May 3 at the Gaiety Theatre in Manchester. The critic commented that "the dialogue is witty at times, and many pungent allusions catch the fancy of the audience. The piece throughout was greatly relished on Monday; it is some time since the Gaiety rang with such hearty and continuous laughter". It was also noted that "Noël Coward gives a spirited performance as Bobbie".
I'll Leave It To Youlater transferred to the West End, opening on July 21, 1920. The Stage again praised it, describing it as "clever young Noël Coward's bright and entertaining piece".