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Less Than Kind UK Tour 2013

by Terence Rattigan

Oxford Playhouse Box Office 01865 305305, and UK Tour to Sat 29 June.

Following a successful UK tour last year Less Than Kind will be at the Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday May 14 for one week and will tour the UK for a further 7 weeks to Saturday 29 June 2013.

In the cast are Sue Holderness (Olivia Brown), William Gaminara (Sir John Fletcher), Laura Doddington (Diana Fletcher), Charlie Hamblett (Michael Brown), Katie Evans (Polton), Leonie Spilsbury (Miss Dell). It is directed by Adrian Brown, with design by Greca Redwood- Jones, and lighting by Howard Hudson. It is produced by Sean Garvey for Planet Theatre Productions Ltd.

In this romantic comedy, steel magnate John Fletcher has risen to the colossal challenge of out-producing 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’ / US title ‘O Mistress Mine’. 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 8 week tour last year. The play is now published by Nick Hern in a new Rattigan collection.

Sue Holderness is most known for her role as Marlene in BBC’s Award winning series ‘Only Fools and Horses’1985 –2003 and BBC’s ‘Green Green Grass’ 2005 -2009. She has played Annie in 3 UK tours of ‘Calendar Girls’. William Gaminara has played Professor Leo Dalton in 11 series of BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’. Other TV roles include in ‘Spooks’ and ‘The Ralf Little Show’. Laura Doddington has appeared in many Alan Ayckbourn productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and in UK tours. 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. His films include The Prince and the Showgirl, The VIPs and The Yellow Rolls Royce. His plays are continually performed worldwide.

Director Adrian Brown received an Emmy Award for the TV version of ‘The Belle of Amhurst’ with Claire Bloom. He has directed for television and theatre throughout his career. He recently directed ‘Wild Oats, ‘The School For Wives’ and ‘The Spanish Tragedy’.

Tues 14 – Sat 18 May 2013 Oxford Playhouse, Tues – Thurs 7.30pm, Thurs Mat 2.30pm, Fri eve 8.00pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, . Running time 2 hrs 20mins

16 April 2013