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Browning Version, The/Harlequinade  

Browning Version, The/Harlequinade $21.81 ex GST
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Rattigan's well-loved play about an unpopular schoolmaster who snatches a last shred of dignity from the collapse of his career and his marriage. Twice filmed (with Michael Redgrave and Albert Finney) and frequently revived.

Andrew Crocker-Harris' wife Millie has become embittered and fatigued by her husband's lack of passion and ambition. On the verge of retirement, and divorce, Andrew is forced to come to terms with the platitude his life has become. Then John Taplow, a previously unnoticed pupil, gives Andrew an unexpected parting gift: a second-hand copy of Robert Browning's translation of Agamemnon – a gift which offers not only a opportunity for redemption, but the chance to gain back some dignity.

This volume also contains Harlequinade, a farce about a touring theatre troupe, written to accompany The Browning Version in a double-bill.

'The cruel inequalities of love always absorbed Rattigan; not least here – this is a play that has not dated.' -  The Times

This edition includes an authoritative introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.

Visit the official Rattigan website here.

Cast : The Browning Version - 5M, 2F ; Harlequinade - 11M, 4F

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-710-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) hit the Jackpot at the age of 25 with French Without Tears and followed this success with, among others, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy. Most of Rattigan’s plays are currently published in handsome uniform editions by Nick Hern Books.

By Terence Rattigan, available through Currency Press - see all