Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Rattigan was one of the most popular English 20th-century dramatists. His first play, First Episode, was produced in 1934; his best-known later works include After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version and The Deep Blue Sea. Many of his plays have been adapted for film, and are frequently revived. He also served as an RAF tail gunner in WWII.

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Ross

Terence Rattigan's epic and probing drama about the man immortalised as Lawrence of Arabia.

Harlequinade & All On Her Own

A double bill by Terence Rattigan, featuring two plays of striking contrast that display his astonishing range as a writer.

All On Her Own

A powerfully atmospheric one-woman play, All On Her Own tells the story of Rosemary who, alone at midnight in London, has a secret burden to share that is both heartbreaking and sinister.

Published in volume Harlequinade & All On Her Own

    French Without Tears (2015 edition)

    Terence Rattigan’s sparkling comedy about a group of bright young things attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid myriad distractions, French Without Tears ran for over a thousand performances in the 1930s and remains a delight today.

    Love in Idleness/Less Than Kind

    The third in Terence Rattigan's unofficial trilogy of war plays, published alongside an earlier version of the play, Less Than Kind, never staged during Rattigan's lifetime.

    Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

    Two plays from one of the leading dramatists of the 20th century.

    Who is Sylvia?

    Rattigan's play about obsessive love, a bittersweet portayal of his father - and maybe of his own frustrated love life.

    Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

      Duologue

      Terence Rattigan's Duologue is a short monologue play for a female actor in which a woman reminisces movingly about her dead husband.

      Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

        First Episode

        Terence Rattigan's first play, published for the first time in this edition to mark the centenary of his birth. With an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato. 

        Rattigan's Nijinsky

        The extraordinary story of the relationship between the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, drawing on an unproduced screenplay by Terence Rattigan.

        Cause Célèbre

        Based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury, who, in 1935, went on trial with her eighteen-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. In the play, Terence Rattigan pits Alma against a formidable lady juror, whose own life offers a plangent counterpoint to the central tale of love, betrayal, guilt and obsession.

        Flare Path

        A moving story of love and loyalty, courage and fear, based on Terence Rattigan's own experiences as a tail gunner in the Second World War.

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