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After the Dance
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After the Dance

Terence Rattigan
 
Set in the Mayfair flat of a high-living, hard-drinking writer, David, the play turns on his involvement with two women, his wife Joan and an earnest-minded younger woman, Helen. Joan commits suicide. David considers following her but instead chooses to return to a life of parties and drinking.

Review
'A harrowing critique of a period of heedless frivolity and a dazzling reminder of the strengths of Rattigan’s writing.' - London Evening Standard



Cast : 8M, 5F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-217-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Browning Version, The/Harlequinade
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Browning Version, The/Harlequinade

Terence Rattigan
 
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.

Review
'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
Cause Celebre
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Cause Celebre

Terence Rattigan
 
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
Deep Blue Sea, The
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Deep Blue Sea, The

Terence Rattigan
 

Written in the early 1950s when Rattigan was at the height of his powers, The Deep Blue Sea is a powerful account of lives blighted by love - or the lack of it.

The play opens with the failed suicide of Hester Collyer (Peggy Ashcroft in the first production), who has deserted her husband for the raffish charms of an ex-fighter pilot. The play was sparked off by the suicide of a young actor, Kenneth Morgan, with whom Rattigan had himself been much in love.

Adapted into a film with Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea

Cast : 5M, 3F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-423-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Deep Blue Sea, The
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Deep Blue Sea, The

Film tie-in

Terence Rattigan
 
Hester Collyer, the wife of a judge, embarks on a disastrous affair with a drunken former World War II pilot. Abandoned by him, emotionally stranded and physically isolated, she attempts suicide to win him back and perhaps also to send a message to her former husband. Her gesture serves only to estrange her more from the men in her life and reality itself.

The Deep Blue Sea was sparked off by the suicide of a young actor, Kenneth Morgan, with whom Rattigan had himself been much in love. Though contained within a perfectly crafted well-made play, Rattigan’s finely observed portrait of Hester gives his greatest work almost classical depth and emotional resonance. Terence Davies’ film of this masterpiece of 20th-century drama is a highlight of the 2011 celebrations of the centenary of Rattigan’s birth.



Cast : 5M, 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-234-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
First Episode
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First Episode

Terence Rattigan
 

Terence Rattigan’s first play, published for the first time in this edition to mark the centenary of Rattigan’s birth.

Written with his fellow student, Philip Heimann, while they were both at Oxford, First Episode shows an infatuated undergraduate, Tony, falling for Margot, an actress ten years his senior. And vice versa. Completing a triangle of rival affections is Tony’s best friend, David.

Originally staged at a small experimental theatre in Kew in 1933, First Episode transferred to the West End and then to New York. Rattigan was twenty-two years old. Though not revived since then, it is a candidate – with its cast of eight – for rediscovery, much as was the now-feted After the Dance.

It comes, like the other volumes in NHB's uniform edition of Rattigan's plays, with an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato.



Cast : 6M, 2F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-163-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Flare Path
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Flare Path

Terence Rattigan
 
1942. At the Falcon Hotel, on the Lincolnshire coast, Teddy a young RAF bomber pilot celebrates a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. They are thrown into upheaval when Peter, Patricia’s ex lover and Hollywood heartthrob, arrives and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered.






Cast : 7M, 4F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-187-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
French Without Tears
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French Without Tears

Terence Rattigan
 

The play that first made Rattigan's name, and ran for over a thousand performances in the 1930s.

French Without Tears is a masterpiece of light comedy about a group of bright young things attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid myriad distractions.

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



Cast : 3F, 7M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-212-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
In Praise of Love
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In Praise of Love

Terence Rattigan
 
An almost unbearably moving story of veiled emotions running deep, In Praise of Love is based on the true life situation of Rex Harrison's wife, Kay Kendall, and her early death from cancer.

Lydia is shielding her husband, Sebastian, from the knowledge that she is dying from leukaemia. But Sebastian does know and is seeking to spare her. She dies without either of them openly acknowledging their true feelings...

This brand new edition carries an extensive introduction by the Rattigan expert, Dan Rebellato.

Also available from Terence Rattigan: After the Dance, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, French Without Tears, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy

Cast : 3M, 1F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-464-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Love in Idleness / Less Than Kind
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Love in Idleness / Less Than Kind

Terence Rattigan
 
Michael, eighteen, returns to wartime London from schooling in Canada, brimming with youthful left-wing convictions. Reunited with his mother, he is alarmed as he begins to realise that she is the mistress of a leading member of the war cabinet. Sparks fly between the idealistic younger man and the pragmatic politician, while the mother is torn between them...

Love in Idleness is the third in Terence Rattigan's unofficial trilogy of war plays (after Flare Path and  While the Sun Shines). It is published here alongside an earlier version of the play,  Less Than Kind,  Rattigan's first version of this comedy,  which was never staged during his lifetime.

This volume presents both plays in full so that readers may judge for themselves which is the better.  This edition also includes an authoritative introduction by Dan Rebellato, a biographical sketch and chronology.



Cast : Love in Idleness - 4M, 5F / Less Than Kind - 5M, 4F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-164-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Rattigan's Nijinsky
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Rattigan's Nijinsky

Based on a screenplay by Terence Rattigan

Nicholas Wright
 

The extraordinary story of the relationship between the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, drawing on an unproduced screenplay by Terence Rattigan. 

In a hotel room a once-lauded playwright meets Nijinsky's elderly widow, Romola, to fight over his latest play. Meanwhile, in the same room, Diaghilev and the young Romola fight over the tormented Nijinsky

In 1974, Terence Rattigan wrote a television script for the BBC about the relationship between Diaghilev, the impresario behind the Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, the most renowned dancer of all time, which Rattigan described as ‘the greatest love story since Romeo and Juliet'. But the playwright withdrew the play and it was never produced. Now in this bold re-imagining of events, Nicholas Wright investigates why.

Review
Wright stylishly interlaces Rattigan's scenes with infinitely more fascinating ones of his own -  Evening Standard



Cast : 7M, 4F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-167-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Separate Tables
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Separate Tables

Terence Rattigan
 
Set in a run-down residential hotel in Bournemouth, Separate Tables consists of two linked one-acts. In the first a lonely divorcee tracks down her former husband in order to resume a kind of half-life with him. In the other a repressed young spinster offers brave moral support to a fake major accused of importuning women in a local cinema. In the original draft, the major's offence was homosexual, and this variant version is now published in our edition for the very first time. 



Cast : 2M, 9F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-424-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Winslow Boy
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Winslow Boy

Terence Rattigan
 
Based on the real-life court case of a young naval cadet unjustly accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order and first staged in 1946, The Winslow Boy has been revived many time since, each new production having been greeted with surprised delight that Rattigan can continue to provoke such powerful emotions. It handles its theme of justice with impressive moral and emotional intensity.

Review
'Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan.'  Michael Billington 



Cast : 7M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-467-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB