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French Without Tears

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 1995

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (10), Female (3), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The play that forged Terence Rattigan’s reputation as a playwright, French Without Tears was an enormous – and unexpected – success on its premiere at the Criterion Theatre, London, where it was first performed on 6 November 1936. It ran...

Love in Idleness

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2011

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (9), Female (6), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness is the third in an unofficial trilogy of war plays, following Flare Path (1942) and While the Sun Shines (1943). It is a play that explores the conflict between the values of pre-war Britain, and those...

Cause Célèbre

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2011

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (21), Female (5), Male (16), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's Cause Célèbre is a drama based on the real-life story of Alma Rattenbury, who in 1935 went on trial with her eighteen-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Rattigan originally wrote the play for radio, broadcast...

The Deep Blue Sea

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 1999

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (8), Female (3), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's play The Deep Blue Sea is a portrait of a woman caught between forbidden love and the fear of loneliness, or the devil and the deep blue sea. It is now considered one of Rattigan's greatest triumphs. The play was first...

The Browning Version

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 1994

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Roles: Total (7), Female (2), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version is a one-act play about an unpopular schoolmaster who, faced with the collapse of his career and marriage, snatches a last shred of dignity when he receives an unexpected gift from a pupil....

First Episode

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2011

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (8), Female (2), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan’s professional debut as a playwright, First Episode was co-authored with his fellow undergraduate Philip Heimann whilst they were both studying at the University of Oxford. It was first performed at the Q Theatre, Kew,...

In Praise of Love

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2001

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (4), Female (1), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's In Praise of Love is a play about a husband and wife who, with the best of intentions, deceive each other over the wife's fatal illness. It was based in part on the relationship between Rattigan's friend, the actor Rex...

Duologue

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2011

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Roles: Total (1), Female (1), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's Duologue is a short monologue play for a female actor in which a woman reminisces movingly about her dead husband. The play began life as a piece for television entitled All On Her Own, broadcast...

Separate Tables

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 1999

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (22), Female (16), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables comprises two linked one-act plays set in the same small residential hotel on the south coast of England. The play examines social attitudes towards lifestyles and behaviour deemed morally reprehensible...

Who is Sylvia?

Written by

Terence Rattigan

~playauthor~Written by~ Terence Rattigan

Nick Hern Books, 2011

The Rattigan Collection

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (13), Female (7), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Terence Rattigan's Who is Sylvia? is a drama about a married man who is drawn to women who resemble a childhood sweetheart. One of his lesser-known plays, it also one of his most personal, with its main character apparently inspired...