Theatre: Variation on a Theme
The first ever production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling.
Inspired by La Dame aux Camelias, and set amidst the glamorous and exotic society of the 1950’s French Riviera, Variation on a Theme revolves around the tempestuous love affair between Rose, a beautiful and worldly socialite, and Ron, a young bisexual ballet dancer with a keen eye for social advancement.
In an emotionally charged story of desire and disillusionment, Rose is persuaded by Ron’s choreographer and mentor, Sam, to sacrifice her personal happiness for the sake of her young lover’s success and career. But as Rose’s health deteriorates, and Ron is faced with the loveless reality of their separation, they finally face up to their need to be needed.
A forgotten classic by “one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century” (Michael Billington, The Guardian), this will be the first production of the play anywhere in the world since its original 1958 premiere when it was directed by John Gielgud, and starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett.
Tuesday, 25 February – Saturday, 22 March 2014The Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road London SW10 9ED Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from second week of the run). Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval of fifteen minutes. BOOK TICKETS