Earlier this week, Blanche McIntyre’s revival of Emlyn Williams’ Accolade, largely billed as a tale of sex, scandal and blackmail in the 50s, opened at the St James Theatre. The fabulous Abigail Cruttenden stars as Rona, the sympathetic and affectionate wife of famous (and newly-knighted) novelist Will (played by Alexander Hanson). However, as soon as Will’s knighthood is announced, stories start of surface of his appetite for promiscuous sex parties, including that he has unwittingly slept with an underage girl whose unsuccessful novelist father is now threatening exposure. Accolade has received excellent reviews across the board, including some superb mentions for Abigail.

“[Will has been]honest with his wife (a wonderful study of pained, robustly loving loyalty from Abigail Cruttenden)” Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, ****

“There is first-rate support from Abigail Cruttenden as his surprisingly tolerant wife..” Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN, ****

Abigail Cruttenden strikes the right note of restraint as Trenting’s affectionate wife, Rona…” Henry Hitchings, EVENING STANDARD, ****

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