WHILE THE SUN SHINES - 2019
WHILE THE SUN SHINES has been announced as part of the Richmond Orange Tree’s new season. The play will be showing between 7 June 2019 – 27 July 2019.
I’ll tell you but you won’t believe me. I slept in the same bed with an earl... No, not a girl, stupid, an earl.
On the eve of his wedding, the young Earl of Harpenden – Bobby to his friends – has offered his room to Joe, an American soldier he drunkenly met the night before. When Bobby’s fiancée Lady Elizabeth turns up, Joe makes a move, thinking she must be Bobby’s ex, the wonderful Mabel Crum. But a Free French lieutenant also has eyes for her... And to complicate matters, Bobby’s future father in law turns up too.
London in the Blitz, and identities get confused: time to make hay...
The first major London revival of this delectably charming comedy in decades. Rattigan’s greatest hit played for over 1,000 performances in the West End when it opened in 1943.
★★★★ "Paul Miller’s delightful production fizzes with fun... Make hay with a glorious night of theatre." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
★★★★ “a slickly plotted wartime comedy of romantic entanglements and mislaid affections” The Telegraph
★★★★ “comes up fresh as paint in Paul Miller’s strongly cast production" The Guardian
★★★★★ “rollickingly good fun" The Reviews Hub
Paul Miller directs following his critically acclaimed production of Rattigan’s French Without Tears, which played two sold out runs at the Orange Tree before going on tour across the country.
★★★★ “Paul Miller’s adorable young cast produce a hoot of an evening with just enough heart.” The Sunday Times on French Without Tears
★★★★ "The acting is quite simply first-rate" The Upcoming
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THE DEEP BLUE SEA - 2019
THE DEEP BLUE SEA will be performed at Chichester Festival Theatre between 21 June – 27 July 2019.
1951. In a shabby Ladbroke Grove flat, Hester Collyer’s neighbours find her unconscious; she has taken an overdose in front of the gas fire. Their only option is to notify her husband – a pillar of the establishment.
But Hester left her husband the previous year to embark upon a passionate love affair with dashing ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page. What has happened in her life to make her want to end it? And can she bring herself to go on living?
This searing play takes place over the course of one day, in one room, and offers a devastating examination of the adverse forces of love and solitude. Rattigan based the play in part on the tragic outcome of his own clandestine love affair and created one of the twentieth century’s finest leading roles for a woman.
Paul Foster’s recent directing credits include A Little Night Music at the Watermill and Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
Nancy Carroll received the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress for Rattigan’s After the Dance at the National Theatre; her recent work includes The Moderate Soprano (West End) and Closer (Donmar Warehouse).
Hadley Fraser last appeared at Chichester in The Pajama Game (2013); his recent stage credits include Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse). Gerald Kyd appeared at Chichester in The Meeting (2018); his National Theatre work includes Three Winters.
Tickets and additional information can be found here.
IN PRAISE OF LOVE Bath Summer Season!
Wednesday 3 October - Saturday 3 November
Press night: Monday 15 October
Jonathan Church will make his Ustinov Studio directorial debut with Terence Rattigan's final play In Praise of Love. Olivier Award and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay (My Family, Me and My Girl) and Tara FitzGerald (Waking the Dead, Hamlet) will star in the closing production of Church's season.
A perceptive and powerful drama about the concealed truths and veiled emotions in a marriage, In Praise of Love sees a series of heart-breaking revelations change a couple's relationship forever.
THE WINSLOW BOY continues to impress...
Mark Goucher's production of The Winslow Boy has received glowing reviews following performances in Oxford and Bath. The production moves on to Cambridge this week and closes at the Canterbury Marlowe Theatre on 19th May.
A selection of reviews and tour dates can be found below.
Cambridge Arts Theatre 26th March - 31st March
Lowry Salford 9th April - 14th April
Cheltenham Everyman 16th April - 21st April
Brighton Theatre Royal 23rd April - 28th April
Belfast GOH 1st May - 5th May
Richmond Theatre 8th May - 12th May
Canterbury Marlowe 15th May - 19th May
THE WINSLOW BOY REVIEWS
THE WINSLOW BOY, starring Aden Gillett and Tessa Peake-Jones, begun it's UK tour in Chichester last week and has already received excellent reviews, some of which can be found below.
The play, produced by Mark Goucher Productions, runs throughout the UK until May 2018.
10 Things to see in Sussex...
The Sussex Express has named Ten Things To See In Sussex this week and it includes THE WINSLOW BOY which runs in Chichester from 8 February until the 17 February before embarking on it's UK tour.
Having been expelled from the Royal Navy College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family are pulled apart by the repercussions of this charge. Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the Winslow Family fight to clear his name or face social ostracism as the case becomes a national scandal.
For a full touring schedule and to find your closest venue, please click here.
RATTIGAN AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY
The British Library have just launched their new DISCOVERING LITERATURE: 20TH CENTURY Drama Website which includes an array of Rattigan sources, content and articles, most of which can be found within Dan Rebellato's article
An introduction to The Deep Blue Sea: A Slow Evolution.
Please click here to read the article or follow the link below to check out the new website!
British Library I Discovering Literature: 20th century
AFTER THE DANCE
AFTER THE DANCE has been announced as part of the Theatre by the Lake's new season.
The play will be showing on select dates until the end of November 2017.
Sharply satirical and heartrendingly beautiful, AFTER THE DANCE is about a world on the cusp of enormous change. Neglected for many years, it is now considered to be one of the great works of a master dramatist and could not suit this beautiful venue more.
For more information and to book tickets, please click here.
DID YOU KNOW...
THE SPECTATOR has published an article by Robert Gore-Langton which discusses one of Terence Rattigan's greatest secrets.
Be sure to have a read and enjoy this interesting insight into a part of Rattigan's life that most are unfamiliar with.
For the full article, please click here!
NATIONAL THEATRE: THE WORK OF TERENCE RATTIGAN
After a hugely successful run of THE DEEP BLUE SEA this year, the National Theatre have produced two videos discussing the magnificent work of Terence Rattigan.
The videos can be found on the National Theatre Discover youtube channel, or to watch part one please click here.