Last night saw a return visit to the Menier to see Aspects of Love for the second time.
Trevor Nunn returns to the Chocolate Factory to direct the first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart's Aspects of Love starring Katherine Kingsley, Michael Arden and Dave Willetts.
Based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their companions set against the background of 1940’s France and Italy. Alex Dillingham, a young student travelling through France, falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex’s uncle changes their lives forever. A love story spanning twenty years binding six people and three generations as they come to appreciate that love changes everything.
Aspects is my favourite musical. First produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on 17th April 1989, where it ran for 1,325 performances before finally closing on 20th June 1992.
I loved this more intimate production, sometimes seeming more authentic (the French people interact in French, until Alex the Englishman comes along, and then they change to English, mainly, but not always...).
As for Objectif 2010 - well, I don't think I'm going to get there now - we got sidetracked with another focus!