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French Without Tears – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

The cast of French Without Tears at Orange Tree Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hear the name Terence Rattigan and what usually springs to mind is tear-soaked dramas filled with outpourings of suppressed emotions. Back in 1936, Rattigan had his first big hit with French Without Tears and the staple ingredients for such a drama were there, except that the tears that soaked it ...

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Flare Path – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Christy Ku Set in World War Two, Patricia (Olivia Hallinan) is a former actress and wife of RAF pilot Teddy (Alastair Whatley). When her former flame and Hollywood icon Peter Kyle (Leon Ockenden) arrives and her husband is called on a dangerous mission over Germany, their seemingly perfect marriage is tested to the ...

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Flare Path – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Claire Hayes Terence Rattigan’s resurgence as a frequently performed playwright continues with this brand new touring revival of Flare Path from the Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions. Rattigan fell out of favour in the latter decades of the 20th Century, overtaken by a post-war generation of angry young men creating kitchen sink ...

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The Deep Blue Sea – The Watermill, Newbury

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director:Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: David Jobson In his life Terence Rattigan had an unfortunate career as a playwright. Next to George Osborne, Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett, his plays were seen as quaint, old fashioned drawing room dramas. These days the issues he raised that were considered taboo back then have become ingrained into society. It is hard ...

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Variation on a Theme – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Ian Foster It is Variation on a Theme that a young Shelagh Delaney saw and was inspired to write her iconoclastic A Taste of Honey, playing her own part in shaking up a British theatre scene that had Terence Rattigan as a fusty figurehead and while her play went on to become a ...

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A Tale Of Two Cities – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan, John Gielgud, Adam Spreadbury-Maher Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty [rating:4.5] Dickens, Gielgud and Rattigan. Or perhaps Rattigan, Gielgud and Dickens, then. Whatever way you mix it up it’s a potent blend of some of the finest literary and theatrical talents Britain has ever produced. The combination of names alone makes it surprising that the script has ...

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Less Than Kind – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Adrian Brown Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:2] The story behind Less Than Kind would make a good play in itself! The play was written by Rattigan in 1944 and tells the story of a young man who returns home from Canada, where he has been sent for safety during the war, to discover that his widowed mother ...

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