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Love, Love, Love, by Mike Bartlett, Royal Court
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Cut and pasted from the Royal Court Website:

Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett
27 April to 2 June 2012
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court

1967. Kenneth and Sandra meet, and it’s a whole new world.

A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60s, and charred by today’s brutal realities.

From passion to paranoia, Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble.

Mike Bartlett’s play, which won a UK Theatre Award for Best Play this year opens at the Royal Court in a brand new co-production with Paines Plough. The play was originally produced in October 2010 by Paines Plough in a co-production with the Drum Theatre Plymouth, where it opened, before embarking on a 14 week national tour.

Follow the link for the full details and to book tickets:
http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/love-love-love

Raks's Reaction

I went to see this solely because Mike Bartlett, who wrote 13, was the playwright. That was so the right decision!

I just loved this and it completely and utterly blew me away. I loved it truly, madly, deeply!

The production was simply mindblowing. The acting was out of this world; special shout out to both Ben Miles and Victoria Hamilton who were simply superb. The writing was genius; pure and simple genius. The play spanned over 40 years (1967 to 2011) and was an acute observation of personal and family relationships, set against the social and political world at that time. It really captured the zeitgeist of each era. And the personal and family relationships depicted were genuine, and true, and authentic, and 100% real and believable. The play charted Kenneth and Sandra's relationship, from their first meeting, to the depth of their marriage at the point where they decide to divorce, and then finally much later on down the line when they might in fact reunite.

There are three Acts - the first 1967, the second 1990, and the third 2011. Each Act, on its own, observes the Unities ie the unity of action: a play should have one main action that it follows, with no or few subplots; the unity of place: a play should cover a single physical space and should not attempt to compress geography, nor should the stage represent more than one place; and the unity of time: the action in a play should take place over no more than 24 hours.

Overall, the production blew me away, I will be on a high for a few weeks following this ... I just love it when theatre blows my mind.

Needless to say, the first thing I did when I got home, was get a "good" ticket to see it again towards the end of the run (I saw it today from a cheap seat in the Balcony, which is perfectly fine at the Royal Court, but I now have a good seat in the Stalls right at the end of the run so I can see it up close and personal). The New Year's Resolution I made not to see anything more than once has totally and utterly gone out the window!

A couple of choice extracts:

Act One
Sandra: All families are boring. That's why London was invented. So you can move away.

Act Two:
Kenneth: We live in Reading. Something's gone wrong.

Sandra: As you grow up, both of you, you'll learn that in love as everything else there is no such thing as a happy ending.

To recap, GET ON DOWN TO THE ROYAL COURT AND SEE THIS PRODUCTION NOW!!!

Round of applause for the amazing cast please!

Left to right: George Rainsford (Jamie), Victoria Hamilton (Sandra), Ben Miles (Kenneth), Claire Foy (Rosie) and Sam Troughton (Henry).
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As you know I am going to see this on Wednesday 30th May. I was looking forward to seeing this anyway, but I am even more so now.


You are going to love both the production AND the Royal Court!

I said to my cousin, that seeing this was better than coffee, chocolate, and ... sex!

I can totally relate to those sample quotes from the script:

All families are boring. That's why London was invented. So you can move away.

We live in (insert own location). Something's gone wrong.

As you grow up, both of you, you'll learn that in love as everything else there is no such thing as a happy ending.

Alas, I doubt I'll get to see the play, but I'm glad that you were so wowed by it. :-)


I can also TOTALLY relate to the sample quotes. That is why I cited them! As I always say, they spoke to my heart!

You probably won't get to see this version of the play. But one day, you may well get to see another version of it!

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