Preview: Less Than Kind, Brighton Theatre Royal, May 27-June 1

Following a successful UK tour last year, Less Than Kind, by former Brighton resident Terence Rattigan visits the Theatre Royal for a week long run.

The cast includes Sue Holderness, who famously played Marlene in popular BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.

In this romantic comedy, steel magnate John Fletcher has risen to the colossal challenge of outproducing the Nazi war machine in tanks for D-Day.

Five weeks later he can leave the government, file for a divorce from his unfaithful wife and marry his true love, the widow Olivia Brown.

But an even greater foe enters the fray - Olivia’s son who has returned from evacuation, is now 17.

He has joined the rising tide of socialists and is outraged at the thought of his mum marrying ‘the enemy’. Can John reach his true love and who will Olivia choose?

Less Than Kind was written by Terence Rattigan in 1944.

It was extensively rewritten for Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne with the title Love in Idleness.

This comedy lay undiscovered due to an accident of wartime and is now brought to the stage in Adrian Brown’s critics choice production.

It was the first Rattigan production to celebrate the Centenary Year of his birth (1911-1977).

The season sold out at Jermyn Street Theatre London followed by an eight week tour last year.

William Gaminara has played Professor Leo Dalton in 11 series of BBC’s Silent Witness.

Charlie Hamblett was in the sell out production of ‘Arturo Ui’ with Henry Goodman at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year.

He played Aerial in ‘The Tempest’ with Ralph Fiennes directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2011.

Terence Rattigan wrote 25 stage plays, plus numerous one-act plays, radio, television and film scripts.

His plays include The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy and Separate Tables.

He collaborated with Graham Greene on the screenplay of Brighton Rock and his other films include The Prince and the Showgirl, The VIPs and The Yellow Rolls Royce.

The centenary of Rattigan’s birth in 2011 revived interest in the author’s work, which is widely performed.

Rattigan lived for many years in a seafront house in Kemp Town, Brighton, which bears a blue plaque.

Director Adrian Brown received an Emmy Award for the TV version of ‘The Belle of Amhurst’ with Claire Bloom.

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