The Winslow Boy (Starring Kim Cattrall, written by Tennessee Williams)

Lindsay Posner directs Terence Rattigan’s compelling play, The Winslow Boy, based on a true story of a father’s fight to clear his son’s name when he is expelled after being convicted of theft.

First staged in 1946, the battle between personal principles and conscience plus an impenetrable establishment under the media spotlight makes The Winslow Boy as relevant today as it was then.

The Winslow Boy is an English play from 1946 by Terence Rattigan based on an actual incident in the Edwardian era, which took place at the Royal Naval College, Osborne.

The play’s London premiere in 1946 featured Emlyn Williams, Mona Washbourne, Angela Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison, Frank Cellier, Jack Watling and Clive Morton. It was under the direction of Glen Byam Shaw.

The play’s Broadway premiere in 1947 featured Frank Allenby as Sir Robert, Alan Webb as Arthur Winslow, and Valerie White as Catherine Winslow.

The play was later made into a famous 1948 film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Robert Donat as Sir Robert Morton KC, Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Arthur Winslow, and Margaret Leighton as Catherine Winslow. A 1999 version, directed by David Mamet, starred Nigel Hawthorne as Arthur Winslow, Jeremy Northam as Morton, and Rebecca Pidgeon as Catherine. The play has also been adapted for television, including a 1990 production starring Gordon Jackson as Arthur Winslow, Ian Richardson as Morton, and Emma Thompson as Catherine.

Book your tickets for The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic Theatre!

Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path

Trevor Nunn directs Sienna Miller in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path – his first production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.

A story of love, loyalty and desire set at the height of the Second World War. In a country house hotel on the edge of R.A.F. Bomber Command airfield, the women wait for news of their husbands return from a dangerous bombing mission behind enemy lines.

The lives of a newly married R.A.F. bomber pilot and his actress wife, Patricia, are thrown into upheaval by the unexpected night mission.  The arrival of Peter Kyle, a Hollywood star, and the outcome of the night raid on Germany,  throws up a conflict of love and duty for Patricia. With life and relationships hanging in the balance, will the lights of the flare path welcome the courageous airmen back home?

Based on Rattigan’s own experiences as a tail gunner in the RAF during the Second World War, he later reworked Flare Path into a screenplay and in 1954 the re-titled The Way to the Stars starring Michael Redgrave was released.

Book tickets for Flare Path at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance at Lyttelton Theatre

Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance will be directed by THEA Sharrock , which opens in the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 8th June 2010 (previews start from 1st June 2010).

When you know something is going to happen, it makes it seem further off to joke about it.

As the world races towards catastrophe, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David’s indolence and his wife’s undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on the brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revellers dance on.

Why do you all talk of nothing but the old days and the old parties and the things you all used to do and say? Why?

First staged in 1939, After the Dance, now often thought to be Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, offers a subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation and a devastating study of repression and the human heart.

It’s the bright young people over again, only they never were bright and now they’re not even young.

Book Tickets for After the Dance at Lyttelton Theatre!