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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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After the Dance

Rattigan's brilliant attack on the hedonistic lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s and 30s.

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

    The Browning Version

    Rattigan's well-loved play about an unpopular schoolmaster who snatches a last shred of dignity from the collapse of his career and his marriage.

    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.

    The Deep Blue Sea

    Written in the early fifties when Rattigan was at the height of his powers, The Deep Blue Sea is a powerful account of lives blighted by love - or the lack of it.

    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. 

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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

        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.

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