First Episode

Cast: 2f 6m

Staging: various interior settings, living room, bedroom, breakfast room - can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 152 pages ISBN: 9781848421639Publication Date:
21 Jul 2011
Size: 197mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 152 pages ISBN: 9781780017914Publication Date:
15 Sep 2016
£10.99 £8.80You save £2.19 (20%)
First Staged:
Q Theatre, Kew, 1933, then Comedy Theatre, London, 1934

First Episode

By Terence Rattigan and Philip Heimann

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Terence Rattigan's first play, published for the first time in this edition to mark the centenary of his birth.

Written with his fellow student, Philip Heimann, while they were both at Oxford, First Episode shows an infatuated undergraduate, Tony, falling for Margot, an actress ten years his senior. And vice versa. Completing a triangle of rival affections is Tony's best friend, David.

Originally staged at a small experimental theatre in Kew in 1933, First Episode transferred to the West End and then to New York. Rattigan was twenty-two years old. Though not revived since then, it is a candidate – with its cast of eight – for rediscovery, much as was the now-feted After the Dance.

This edition in the Nick Hern Books Rattigan Collection includes an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato. 

Press Quotes

'Paints a fascinating picture of a vanished student world... Rattigan writes with great perception... shows that, even at 22, [Rattigan] was a born dramatist'

Guardian

'An astonishingly precocious work that displays youthful charm as well as sensitively exploring themes of unequal (if not unrequited) love and repressed emotion that became Rattigan trademarks'

Exeunt Magazine

Cast: 2f 6m

Staging:various interior settings, living room, bedroom, breakfast room - can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 152 pages ISBN: 9781848421639Publication Date:
21 Jul 2011
Size: 197mm x 130mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 152 pages ISBN: 9781780017914Publication Date:
15 Sep 2016
£10.99 £8.80You save £2.19 (20%)

Also by Terence Rattigan:

The Winslow Boy
Flare Path
The Deep Blue Sea (2016 edition)
The Browning Version
Duologue
All On Her Own
French Without Tears (2015 edition)
The Deep Blue Sea
Cause Célèbre
Harlequinade & All On Her Own
Harlequinade
Love in Idleness/Less Than Kind
Who is Sylvia?
After the Dance
Rattigan's Nijinsky
French Without Tears
Ross
Who is Sylvia? and Duologue
The Deep Blue Sea (film tie-in edition)
Separate Tables
In Praise of Love

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