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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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The Winslow Boy

Rattigan's 1946 play based on the real-life court case of a young naval cadet unjustly accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order.

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

    Separate Tables

    Two linked one-act plays set in a run-down residential hotel in Bournemouth.

    Ross

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

    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.

    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.

    In Praise of Love

    An almost unbearably moving story of veiled emotions running deep, based on the true life situation of Rex Harrison's wife, Kay Kendall, and her early death from cancer.

    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.

    Harlequinade

    A farce about a touring theatre troupe, written to accompany The Browning Version in a double-bill under the joint title, Playbill.

    Published in volume The Browning Version

      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.

      French Without Tears

      A masterpiece of light comedy from Terence Rattigan, about a group of bright young things attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid myriad distractions.

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