You see this in his relationship with his wife, Lydia, a former Estonian refugee suffering from a terminal illness.
If Sebastian is tetchy with Lydia, he is openly abusive to his friend Mark, an enviably bestselling American novelist, and to his son, Joey, who offends him by working for the Liberal party: "A vote-splitting organisation," says Sebastian, "carefully designed to keep the establishment in power.
You may quibble at the way Sebastian, knowing Lydia's background, seems indifferent to Soviet imperialism, and, for a dramatist of Rattigan's skill, there is excessive dependence on confidential papers hidden in a hatbox. But the play moves you deeply because Rattigan puts so much of himself into it: not least into the anguished father-son relationship echoing that of the author and his diplomat dad.
Above all, the play demonstrates the theatrical power of self-denial. It greatly helps that Naomi Dawson's set boasts the most convincing book-lined flat I've seen on the British stage.
Jay Villiers has exactly the right blustering self-importance as the literary critic who, as Malcolm Muggeridge once said of Cyril Connolly, is too big for his books. As Lydia, Geraldine Alexander at times puts Baltic authenticity above comprehensibility but charts the character's physical decline with astonishing precision. And Sean Power as the best friend, who as an American is unashamed of his love for Lydia, and Gethin Anthony as the hero's emotionally estranged son are first-rate.
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