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After the Dance – Review

Bridewell Theatre Taking place at company Sedos’ own residence at Bridewell Theatre on the edge of the City, the not-so-amateur collective brings their rendering of Terence Rattigan’s inter-war drama, After the Dance, to life. The play was written on the eve of the Second World War, and suffered as a result – the looming declaration of the war caused audiences to fizzle out after its debut, and it took a 90s BBC TV adaptation to reanimate it, and a prominent ...

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South Downs/The Browning Version, Harold Pinter Theatre

South DownsDavid HareDirected by Jeremy Herrin★★★ The Browning VersionTerence RattiganDirected by Angus Jackson★★★★ Pros: Strong performances, great set, excellent lighting. The Browning Version in particular is a true masterpiece from one of the greatest playwrights of all time. Cons: South Downs is a slightly less meaty script, and may leave you wondering what exactly happened towards the end. Our Verdict: An engaging introduction to the evening with South Downs followed by a flawless performance of The Browning Version. Courtesy of ...

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Flare Path, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Terence RattiganDirected by Trevor Nunn ★★★★ Courtesy of Theatre Royal Haymarket “I was very moved by this play. It is a masterpiece of understatement. But we are rather good at that, aren’t we?” Winston Churchill said to the cast of the original production of Flare Path on a winter’s night in January 1943. Britain was still reeling from the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, and the German forces were at their zenith. In many ways, early 1943 was Britain’s ...

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Spotlight: Terence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan It would be easy to miss, were you not looking out for it, but 2011 marks a celebration in the arts, that of the 100th birthday of playwright and screenplay writer Terence Rattigan. In the West End, two theatres are currently staging his plays: The Old Vic, with its production of the courtroom drama Cause Célèbre, directed by Thea Sharrock, and the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with its revival of Flare Path, starring Sienna Miller and directed by Sir ...

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Cause Célèbre, The Old Vic

Terence Rattigan Directed by Thea Sharrock ★★★★ Courtesy of The Old Vic Going to see a show at The Old Vic is always a treat. While the National is a space where new, ambitious and risky shows are staged, The Old Vic has focused on delivering more conservative, but no less masterfully fine-tuned productions. No outrageous set, no dazzling special effects – but honest, high quality performances and direction. In the last year, The Old Vic has done this remarkably well ...

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