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Terence Rattigan's epic and probing drama about the man immortalised as Lawrence of Arabia. Arrogant, flippant, withdrawn and with a talent for self-concealment, the mysterious Aircraftman Ross seems an odd recruit for the Royal Air Force. In fact the truth is even stranger than the man himself. Behind the false name is an enigma, a man named Lawrence who started as a civilian in the Map Office in 1914 and went on to mastermind some of the most audacious military victories in the history of the British Army. These victories earned him an enduring and romantic nom de guerre: Lawrence of Arabia. Rattigan's 1960 play reveals the unusual and deeply conflicted Englishman behind the heroic legend. This edition, with an Introduction by Dan Rebellato, was published alongside the revival at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2016, directed by Adrian Noble and starring Joseph Fiennes as Ross.
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. When a group of young men arrives at Professor Maingot's French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, they find their concentration disrupted by the beautiful Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they have another new language to learn: girls. At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him. And Bill. Oh, and darling Alan, of course. Then there's Jack: she's in love too. Meanwhile, Babe conceals his feelings...Perhaps it's not so simple after all. French Without Tears was first performed in 1936. This edition was published in 2015 alongside a revival at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. Also included is an authoritative introduction and biographical sketch by Dan Rebellato.
A double bill by Terence Rattigan, featuring two plays of striking contrast that display his astonishing range as a writer. A rarely seen comic gem, Harlequinade follows a classical theatre company whose intrigues and dalliances are revealed with increasingly calamitous consequences in an affectionate celebration of the lunatic art of putting on a play. 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. Harlequinade & All On Her Own was performed as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Plays at the Garrick Season in 2015, starring Zoe Wanamaker and Kenneth Branagh, and co-directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford. This official tie-in edition features both plays, plus exclusive additional content.
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. Published in this edition alongside a major revival of the play at The Old Vic, London, Cause Celebre was Rattigan's last play and was still running in the West End at the time of his death in 1977. It comes, like the other volumes in NHB's uniform edition of Rattigan's plays, with an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato. 'Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan' - Michael Billington
Ill health is forcing Andrew to retire from teaching. His wife despises him for his failures and finds consolation with Frank, a younger teacher. She openly taunts Andrew while Frank watches with disgust and shame. The wife knows she has lost Frank - but even more bitter is the realization he's now Andrew's best friend.
Das Stuck spielt kurz vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs. Ronnie, der Sohn Arthur Winslows, soll auf dem College einen Postscheck gestohlen haben und wird aufgefordert, das College zu verlassen. Nach Befragung seines Sohnes und uberzeugt von dessen Unschuld, unternimmt Arthur Winslow alles, um den Ruf seines Sohnes wieder herzustellen. Er engagiert den beruhmten Anwalt Sir Robert Morton, der schlielich im "e;Fall Winslow versus Rex"e; vor das hochste britische Gericht zieht. "e;Der Fall Winslow"e; ist ein aufwhlendes "e;well made play"e;, basierend auf einem authentischen Fall.
A bitter-sweet comedy spanning five decades of frustrated philandering. Volume includes Duologue, a play for one actress, originally written for television and never published before.
Long out of print, now back in a new edition. A high-society hit on both sides of the Atlantic, the comedy turns on a triangle formed by a senior politician, his new wife and her truculent son.
Presented in London's West End as part of the centenary year celebrations for playwright Terence Rattigan. This major revival of the great wartime romance starred Sienna Miller, James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith and was directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. One of the playwright's biggest successes, Flare Path was based on Rattigan's experience as a tail gunner in the RAF and was famously filmed with Michael Redgrave, Jean Simmons and John Mills as The Way To The Stars.
New edition of one of Rattigan's best-known plays to coincide with major revival starring Corin Redgrave in the role made famous by his father Michael Redgrave The Browning Version is the story of an unpopular and unloved classics master at a public school in the 1940s. Deserted by his wife and on the verge of retirement, Crocker-Harris finds a form of redemption in an unexpected parting gift from a previously unregarded pupil - a secondhand copy of Robert Browning's translation of the Agamemnon. Filmed twice, with Michael Redgrave in 1951 and Albert Finney in 1994, this new edition of The Browning Version is published alongside a major revival on stage starring Corin Redgrave. Complete with an extensive introduction by the Rattigan expert, Dan Rebellato, it is one of the titles in the definitive edition of the plays of Rattigan published by Nick Hern Books. Also included in the volume is the farce, Harlequinade, written to accompany The Browning Version in a double-bill.