“I think one should make allowances for all these young who are faced with problems we never dreamed of.”
A warm September afternoon in an idyllic English village. Tea is served on the terrace. Sounds of a tennis party float across the lawn. But this England has no place for the heroes of the First World War. No jobs to sustain them, no mantelpieces for their medals, and no money for their debts. Against the odds, three sisters must carve new paths in an uncertain world.
Somerset Maugham’s sharply observed and passionate play is a Chekhovian masterpiece of desire, frustration and hope.
Somerset Maugham was among the most successful novelists and playwrights of the inter-war years. Many of his novels, including The Painted Veil, Theatre, Up at the Villa and Of Human Bondage, have been adapted for screen. His plays include The Circle, The Letter, and Sheppey.
Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, where his recent productions have included Pictures of Dorian Gray, Creditors, Miss Julie, The Blinding Light and Tonight at 8.30.
Dr Charles Prentice
“A deliciously haunting production from a plucky and dedicated theatre.”
“The performances are all first rate.”
“Relevant ... and sleek production.”
“Powerful emotions explored within the family dynamic ... an excellent cast.”
“A play that appears genteel, but is actually depicting characters whose worlds are all collapsing.”