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Lovesong (2020)

Mar 14th to 21st 2020

Written by Abi Morgan

Directed by Christine Ingall

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Following government advice, from 16th March 2020 the Criterion Theatre is now closed. This will be for an undetermined period of time and will remain under review in line with government advice. This includes all planned performances, readings, auditions and social activities, including the children's drama classes.

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Thank you everyone,

The Board of Trustees.

Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience. Love is a leap of faith. A truly moving tale guaranteed to pull on your heart strings.


Please note that this production includes strobe lighting and smoking on stage.



Time is not just of the essence; it is the essence of Abi Morgan’s play about the evolution of a marriage from the 1970s to the Noughties. Under Christine Ingall’s direction, the cast steer around the play’s potential for sentimentality... One of the most emotionally charged scenes comes when Lilian McGrath, who plays the older Maggie, buries her tearful face into the tiny cardigan of a neighbour’s baby. Johnny Smythe as William moves believably between the warmth of a young husband with an understandable passion for his new wife (Colleen Hedley) and the reflectiveness of one who becomes increasingly liverish as his dreams go down with regular swigs of vodka... Rob Wootton’s passions as the older Billy are rivetingly expressed... the love song of the play’s title has hardly been harmonious throughout. Yet some relationships survive against the odds, as the final scene shows all too touchingly.

Chris Arnot,