Tag Archives: Terence Rattigan

French Without Tears

Orange Tree Theatre, London (****)

© The Other Richard, Joe Eyre (Kit), Florence Roberts (Diana Lake), Ziggy Heath (Alan)

© The Other Richard, Joe Eyre (Kit), Florence Roberts (Diana Lake), Ziggy Heath (Alan)

Boys will be boys – and in Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (1936), women are seen as okay if they were more or less surrogate fellas. Anything more extravagant and they are quickly deemed `femmes fatales’. Continue reading

The Deep Blue Sea

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London (****)

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

Were Terence Rattigan alive now he would be amazed at the renewed interest and popularity of his work. How fashions do change. And how he might have been amused to have not just The Deep Blue Sea running at the National but also Mike Poulton’s doppelganger, Kenny Morgan, recently at the Arcola. Continue reading

Ross

Chichester Festival Theatre (****)

© Johan Persson, Joseph Fiennes as T E Lawrence

© Johan Persson, Joseph Fiennes as T E Lawrence

`Curioser and curiouser’ as Alice might have said is the myth behind the story of Lawrence of Arabia. T E Lawrence – or as William Boyd reminds us in his fascinating programme note, `Chapman’, not `Lawrence’ – took on many forms, Aircraftsman Ross being just one and later, alluded to in Howard Brenton’s recent Lawrence After Arabia (see last month’s Hampstead review), Private Shaw. Continue reading