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 times since.
Ronnie Winslow is expelled from naval college, having been accused of petty theft. Enraged, his father Arthur engages a lawyer to challenge the Admiralty to prove the charges in court – but public opinion is very much against the Winslows, and each member of the family is suffering…
Terence Rattigan’s play The Winslow Boy was first produced (after a brief pre-London tour) at the Lyric Theatre, London, in May 1946.
This edition includes an authoritative introduction by Dan Rebellato, a biographical sketch and a chronology.
‘as well made an example of a well-made play as you will find anywhere’
— Sunday Times
‘a sterling example of Rattigan’s dramatic skill and humanity… deeply poignant’
‘a playwright of acute emotional intelligence, elegant wit, and an extraordinary gift for expressive construction… thrilling’
‘among Terence Rattigan’s finest work’
— Evening Standard
‘excellent… its relevance to modern times feels obvious and urgent’