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Cause Celebre  

Cause Celebre $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
Based on the sensational true story of Alma Rattenbury who went on trial with her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Condemned by the public more for her seduction of a young boy than for any involvement she may have had in her husband’s death, Alma’s fate is left in the hands of the socially and sexually repressed jury forewoman, Edith Davenport.

An intriguing tale of love, betrayal, guilt and obsession Cause Célèbre was Rattigan’s last play.  Cinematic in its structure, the play was a departure for Rattigan from the well-made plays for which he was so well known: The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version and, especially, Separate Tables. This new edition of Cause Célèbre includes a fascinating introduction by Rattigan expert Dan Rebellato.

Cast : 15M, 6F

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-207-1 | 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