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Jermyn Street Theatre's Memories Season opens with Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered

For Services Rendered

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SOMERSET Maugham’s sharply observed 1932 Chekhovian masterpiece, For Services Rendered, launches Jermyn Street Theatre’s Memories Season. Directed by Tom Littler, it runs from Wednesday, September 4 to Saturday, October 5, 2019.

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.

For Services Rendered explores the themes of desire, frustration and hope.

This is the play’s first London revival since it was seen at The Old Vic in 1993, and the National Theatre in 1979.

Tom Littler said: “September marks Jermyn Street Theatre’s twenty-fifth birthday, and we are celebrating with a season of plays chosen to reflect the idea of memories. For Services Rendered is a remarkable piece of writing, and it caused a scandal in 1932. At a time of national division, a widening wealth gap, and a dearth of opportunity for the young, it is not hard to see the parallels between the world of the early 1930s and that of today. Maugham’s play will be set in its own time, but it has plenty to say about our own.”

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.

Somerset Maugham was among the most successful novelists and playwrights of the inter-war years. Many of his novels, including The Painted Veil, Up at the Villa and Of Human Bondage, have been adapted for screen. His theatre works include The Circle, The Letter and Sheppey.

For Services Rendered is designed by Louie Whitemore, with costume design by Emily Stuart, lighting design by Ali Hunter, sound design by Yvonne Gilbert and casting by Natasha Rickman. Full casting will be announced in due course.

Tickets: £30 full price. Concessions £20. 100 tickets @ £10 available for Under 30s – only until September 21. All tickets £30 only after September 21. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Read more about Jermyn Street Theatre’s Memories Season.