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Full casting announced for In Praise of Love at the Ustinov Studio

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Terence’s Rattigan’s In Praise of Love, which runs at the Ustinov Studio from October 3 to November 3, 2018.

Joining the previously announced Robert Lindsay and Tara Fitzgerald are Christopher Bonwell and Julian Wadham.

Jonathan Church directs Rattigan’s powerful drama at the Ustinov Studio marking his first production at the venue as well as the closing play in his second year as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season.

In Praise of Love is a perceptive and compelling drama about the concealed truths and veiled emotions in a marriage.

Sebastian and Lydia Crutwell live in a small flat in Islington. Sebastian, once a promising novelist, is now a cantankerous critic. Lydia, an Estonian refugee, has recently discovered she is seriously ill, news that she confides to a family friend, Mark, but not to Sebastian. Over the course of two evenings, a series of heart-breaking revelations changes the facade of Lydia and Sebastian’s relationship forever.

Robert Lindsay (Sebastian) is a multi-award winning actor with theatre credits including Me and My Girl (Broadway, West End) for which he won a Tony and Olivier Award, plus Olivier Award-winning performances in Becket and as Fagin in Cameron MackIntosh’s Oliver! He also won a BAFTA for Alan Bleasdale’s G.B.H. His screen credits include Citizenship, Hornblower and My Family (TV) and Grace of Monaco and Wimbledon (film).

Tara Fitzgerald’s (Lydia) theatre credits include And Then There Were None (Gielgud Theatre), A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse), The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre), Broken Glass (Vaudeville Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (Globe Theatre London/UK tour). Her numerous screen credits include Waking the Dead, The Body Farm, Game of Thrones, In the Club, The Musketeers and Death in Paradise (TV); A Man of No Importance, Brassed Off, Dark Blue World, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Una and Legend (film).

Christopher Bonwell (Joey) has appeared on stage in Relatively Speaking, Bad Jews and She Stoops to Conquer at Theatre Royal Bath, and in the film Siffre. He has also voiced videogames Divinity II Original Sin and SpellForce 3, as well as providing voiceovers for the Discovery Channel.

Julian Wadham (Mark) has appeared in the television series Outlander, Silk, Lewis and Tokyo Trial. His film credits also include The Happy Prince, Victoria and Abdul, Churchill, Iron Lady and War Horse. He has also performed on stage in Another Country (Trafalgar Studios), This House (National Theatre) and The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Terence’s Rattigan’s prominent career as a playwright includes plays such as The Winslow Boy, A Bequest to the Nation, Man and Boy, French Without Tears and The Deep Blue Sea. His screenwriting credits include English Without Tears, Bond Street, The Sound Barrier, The V.I.P.s and The Yellow Rolls-Royce.

Image: Tara Fitzgerald and Robert Lindsay in rehearsal for In Praise of Love at the Ustinov Studio. Photo credit: Nobby Clark.

Tickets: £38.50, £33.50 discounts – available by calling the box office on 01225 448844 or visiting

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (no matinee on October 3).