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Love in Idleness / Less Than Kind  

Love in Idleness / Less Than Kind $25.41 ex GST
$27.95 inc GST
Michael, eighteen, returns to wartime London from schooling in Canada, brimming with youthful left-wing convictions. Reunited with his mother, he is alarmed as he begins to realise that she is the mistress of a leading member of the war cabinet. Sparks fly between the idealistic younger man and the pragmatic politician, while the mother is torn between them...

Love in Idleness is the third in Terence Rattigan's unofficial trilogy of war plays (after Flare Path and  While the Sun Shines). It is published here alongside an earlier version of the play,  Less Than Kind,  Rattigan's first version of this comedy,  which was never staged during his lifetime.

This volume presents both plays in full so that readers may judge for themselves which is the better.  This edition also includes an authoritative introduction by Dan Rebellato, a biographical sketch and chronology.

Cast : Love in Idleness - 4M, 5F / Less Than Kind - 5M, 4F

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-164-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) hit the Jackpot at the age of 25 with French Without Tears and followed this success with, among others, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy. Most of Rattigan’s plays are currently published in handsome uniform editions by Nick Hern Books.

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