Terrance Rattigan’s tear-jerking play In Praise of Love comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from April 8-12.
This moving love story is based on the true life situation of Rex Harrison’s wife Kay Kendall. Lydia and Sebastian are a happily married couple, but when Lydia has her world shattered with a leukaemia diagnosis she decides to keep this devastating news from her beloved husband, to save him the pain of the knowledge. But Sebastian knows, and he too is seeking to spare her. This story of veiled emotions between a devoted couple displays an understanding of the human heart in a way that is not only tender, but poignant and affecting.
Returning to the Devonshire Park as Lydia Cruttwell is actress Jo Castleton. Jo appeared at the theatre in last year’s Murder in the Park season and is joined by George Telfer, recent winner of Best Actor at the Clearwater Film Festival, as husband Sebastian. Experienced actors John Hester and Griffin Stevens complete the cast.
Written in 1974 it was Rattigan’s penultimate play and was perfectly described by his biographer Michael Darlow; “While on the surface the play takes the form of a comedy of misunderstanding, it quickly builds into a situation of almost unbearable suspense as layer after layer of comedy and pretence is peeled away from each character to reveal the full measure of each one’s unspoken love and pain.”
Producers Talking Scarlet, a successful Brighton based theatre company, also presented the acclaimed Educating Rita, Boeing Boeing and Stones in his Pockets at the Devonshire Park Theatre last year. Talking Scarlett will return to the Devonshire Park this summer with a season of thrillers and comedies.
There are nightly performances at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from £14.50-£20.50, call 412000.