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REVIEW: Yours Unfaithfully on the Jermyn Road Theatre

REVIEW: Yours Unfaithfully on the Jermyn Road Theatre


These acquainted with British cinema within the post-war years will recognise Miles Malleson as an actor in a wide range of supporting roles. He famously performed rag and bone man Outdated Joe within the definitive model of Scrooge starring Alastair Sim. However he was additionally a extremely completed writer who wrote 21 screenplays and over a dozen performs. The Mint Theatre Firm has now introduced considered one of Malleson’s performs to the London stage for the primary time. Yours Unfaithfully was written in 1933 however this hidden gem has not beforehand loved a correct showcase, and is obscure why it’s taken so lengthy to seek out its rightful place.

The setting is the calm countryside of Center England. Anne Meredith (Laura Doddington) runs a profitable college whereas her husband Stephen (Man Lewis) is a author going by a tough patch. He has a fractious relationship along with his father Canon Gordon (Tony Timberlake), a pious man of the material with a love of cricket. The weekend beckons and associates come to remain; Dr Alan Kirby (Dominic Marsh) has a historical past with Anne that pre-dates Stephen and Diana Streatfield (Keisha Atwell) is not too long ago widowed and on the lookout for a brand new path in life. It quickly turns into obvious that Anne and Stephen have an open marriage, and Diana might be simply the one who would possibly reinvigorate Stephen’s outlook on life.

It’s superb how contemporary this feels for a play written precisely ninety years in the past. It doesn’t show any nice age and steers away from the stiff caricatures so prevalent between the wars. It bears beneficial comparability with the work of Noel Coward who was a recent of Malleson. Coward is undoubtedly one of many nice British playwrights however his work creaks loudly when set towards this sharp, well-observed piece. The subject material will need to have been daring for the Nineteen Thirties and would possibly clarify why it’s had restricted publicity till now. The piece is semi-autobiographical as Malleson had an open marriage to Girl Constance Malleson. The play defies conference and presents its characters as flawed people who crave an alternative choice to monogamy. Though Anne and Stephen do their finest to embrace the idea they nonetheless succumb to human frailties.

Malleson has created characters and eventualities that survive the take a look at of modernity, and nonetheless ship a strong assertion and problem the idea of regular. The solid performs beautifully and makes gentle work of a script full of dialogue. It’s an achievement to stage a play written in a unique period and make it really feel trendy.

Evaluation by Brian Penn

Ranking: ★★★★

Seat: E9 | Worth of Ticket: £35/£31 concessions



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