by W. Somerset Maugham
17th - 24th October 2015
Director: Valerie Galbraith
This is one of Somerset Maugham’s last plays before he retired to the south of France. It is also his most controversial, dealing as it does with the effects of the Great War on an ordinary middle class family. His anger about the plight of servicemen, returned from the trenches and left to their own devices, is obvious and didn’t go down too well with the audiences of 1932 when it was first performed. Critics, on the other hand, raved about it. In the prophetic words of the Ardsley’s son, Sydney, “the incompetent fools who ruled the nations....one of these days will muddle us all into another war”.
It is late summer in that year of 1932 and the Ardsleys are entertaining their family and friends to some tennis and tea on the terrace of their house in Kent. But, within this seemingly peaceful and idyllic setting, desperate wives, bitter heroes and restless youth combine to create a heady cocktail in this darkly amusing and fascinating play.
So, join us for an evening of humour, drama and maybe even some tears, as you watch the ultimate ‘well-made play’ with no bad language and, surprisingly for its period, no smoking either!
For Services Rendered has just finished a triumphant run at Chichester Festival Theatre to rave ***** reviews in the national press. If you didn't see it then, now's your chance to see our version of this wonderful play.