Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th December 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday 26th at 2pm
1932. The Great War had ended nearly 15 years before, but in Somerset Maugham’s compelling play the repercussions are still bitter and profound. Sydney, a decorated hero, was blinded in the conflict and is cared for by his sister, whose fiancé was killed.
Another sister is unhappily married, whilst a third is pursued by an unscrupulous businessman. He, in turn, refuses to help a former navy veteran out of a financial crisis. Mrs Ardsley conceals the extent of an illness whilst lamenting: “I don’t understand the new ways.” The themes of class, thwarted ambition and dashed hopes run through a play that peels back the apparently respectable surface of 1930’s England.
Described by one critic as Somerset Maugham’s ‘dramatic masterpiece’ don’t miss the chance to see Next Stage’s elegant production of For Services Rendered. It is worth noting that the company’s next production in March is David Hare’s Plenty. These two plays are designed to complement each other since one explores the disturbing aftermath of World War I, whilst the other looks at the consequences for Britain of World War II.