The Swan Theatre Company presents

In Praise of Love
By Terence Rattigan
Directed by Robert Graydon

Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th January 2012 @ 7.45pm

For more than twenty years Sebastian and Lydia Crutwell have endured a marriage of cold hearts and restrained emotions. Lydia, an Estonian refugee and recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, seems unable to shake off thoughts of her traumatic past. Reserved and unemotional, Sebastian is seemingly preoccupied with his failed writing career and is permanently at odds with their son, Joey. Lydia contrives to keep her illness secret from her husband, unaware that he is fully in the picture and is mirroring her deception. A romantic history exists between Lydia and a fourth player, American Mark Walters. Over the course of two evenings, a series of heartbreaking revelations changes the façade of Lydia and Sebastian's relationship forever and we wonder what the future will hold now that the brittle truth is exposed. Underneath the façade we discover not cracks but a deep and touching breadth of mutual feeling which we were perhaps not expecting.

Doors open at 7.15pm.

Tickets still available for Monday Charity Night, Tues (3), Wed (10) Sat (23).







Forthcoming productions

  • Brontë 12 - 17 March

    Brontë 12 - 17 March

    Monday 12 March to Saturday 17 March, 19:30Tickets on sale from 19th February

    'Brontë' is a modern and revealing look into the lives of three of the country's most treasured writers. Tickets on sale to public from 19th February.

  • What The Butler Saw 7 - 12 May

    What The Butler Saw 7 - 12 May

    Monday 7 May to Saturday 12 May, 19:30Tickets on sale from 16th April

    What the Butler Saw is a farce written by the English playwright Joe Orton, who also wrote 'Entertaining Mr Sloane'.

  • July


    Monday 16 July to Saturday 21 July, 19:30Tickets on sale from 25th June

    To be announced

  • The Tempest 17- 22 September

    The Tempest 17- 22 September

    Monday 17 September to Saturday 22 September, 19:30Tickets on sale from 27th August

    Shakespeare’s comedy about a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge.

  • And Then There Were None 12 - 17 November

    And Then There Were None 12 - 17 November

    Monday 12 November to Saturday 17 November, 19:30Tickets on sale from 22nd October

    And Then There Were None, one of Christie’s most popular and critically acclaimed novels, was made into a stage play. Several film versions have been produced, the most celebrated of which is the 1945 version starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston.