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The Case for Terence Rattigan, Playwright

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The Case for Terence Rattigan, Playwright by John A. Bertolini Book Summary:

This book asserts the extraordinary quality of mid-twentieth century playwright Terence Rattigan’s dramatic art and its basis in his use of subtext, implication, and understatement. By discussing every play in chronological order, the book also articulates the trajectory of Rattigan’s darkening vision of the human potential for happiness from his earlier comedies through his final plays in which death appears as a longed for peace. New here is the exploration through close analysis of Rattigan’s style of writing dialogue and speeches, and how that style expresses Rattigan’s sense of life. Likewise, the book newly examines how Rattigan draws on sources in Greek and Roman history, literature, and myth, as well as how he invites comparison with the work of other playwrights, especially Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare. It will appeal broadly to college and university students studying dramatic literature, but also and especially to actors and directors, and the play-going, play-reading public.

The Illustrated London News

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British Dramatists Since World War II: M-Z

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British Dramatists Since World War II: M-Z by Stanley Weintraub Book Summary:

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In Praise of Love

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In Praise of Love by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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... The play was first produced as a one-act play under the title After Lydia in a double-bill with the short farce, Before Dawn, at the Duchess Theatre, London, in September 1973. Rattigan reworked and extended the play as In Praise of Love for its New York premiere at the Morosco Theatre in December 1974, starring Rex Harrison himself. This edition includes an authoritative introduction, biographical sketch and chronology. "Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan." --Michael Billington Visit the official Rattigan website here.

Plays

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Plays by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

''Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan' (Guardian) Constantly revived on stage, radio and television, Rattigan's plays demonstrate their continuing power to hold and move audiences. This volume contains his best work from the thirties and forties, including his first play French Without Tears, about a group of bright young things attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid numerous distractions. The second play The Winslow Boy, based on an actual case, is the powerful, deliberately well-made drama of a father's attempts to clear his cadet son's name against the assembled might of Britain's naval establishment - the Admiralty. Completing the volume are two one-act plays Harlequinade, a sustained joke against some well-worn theatrical conventions and The Browning Version which portrays a disliked classics master, Crocker-Harris on the point of retiring after eighteen years of unsuccessful teaching 'well up there among the dozen greatest plays written in this country this century.' (The Spectator) 'Terence Rattigan is the English Tennessee Williams. He maps out the same fatal divorce between the spiritual and the physical, the same drama of lost souls and misdirected lusts, of people stranded with their frustrations, blasted by guilt and reaching out for rescue that they know full well will fail' (Sunday Times)''

Separate Tables

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Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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Cause Célèbre

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Cause Célèbre by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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After the Dance

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After the Dance by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

The critically acclaimed drama by one of England's most successful mid-century playwrights.

Gay & Lesbian Literature

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Gay & Lesbian Literature by Wayne R. Dynes,Barbara Grier Book Summary:

Biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on more than four hundred authors who have figured prominently in gay and lesbian literature and culture since 1900.

French Without Tears

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French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

This comedy by the author of Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy premiered in London with Rex Harrison, Trevor Howard and Jessica Tandy in the cast. At a villa on the South Coast of France, a group of young men are being coached in French by a gentleman and his daughter, Jacqueline. Learning French is hard, but the experience is made easier by the presence of the glamorous Diana Lake who proceeds to charm the boys one-by-one until she decamps back to London leaving the forlorn suitors to the willing Jacqueline.

The Walworth Farce

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The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh Book Summary:

It’s eleven o’clock in the morning in a council flat on the Walworth Road in London. In two hours’ time, as is normal, three Irish men will have consumed six cans of Harp, fifteen crackers with spreadable cheese, ten pink biscuit wafers, and one oven-cooked chicken with a strange blue sauce. In two hours’ time, as is normal, five people will have been killed. A remarkable play about what can happen when we become stuck in the stories we tell about our lives. Visceral and tender, The Walworth Farce combines hilarious moments with shocking realism.

Contemporary British Dramatists

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Contemporary British Dramatists by St James Press Book Summary:

"Contemporary British Dramatists" provides information on all influential British playwrights working for the last 45 years: biography; bibliography; 1,000-word essay providing a critical overview of the entrants' works; full list of works for stage, screen, television and radio; all play publication and production dates; and comments by the author (when available). Look for these dramatists: David Hare Samuel Beckett John Osborne Pam Gems Alan Bennett Peter Barnes Caryl Churchill David Storey Terence Rattigan And many others Essays on the most formative dramatic works of the last 45 years of British drama make a valuable addition to this volume. Critics, scholars and playwrights profile such plays as "Waiting for Godot, Look Back in Anger" and "Taste of Honey. "An index is included to expedite research.

Flare Path

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Flare Path by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

A moving story of love and loyalty, courage and fear, based on Rattigan's experiences as a tail gunner in WWII.

International Dictionary of Theatre: Playwrights

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International Dictionary of Theatre: Playwrights by St James Press Book Summary:

A dictionary of playwrights which contains 485 entries, each of which includes biographical information on the playwright, complete lists of published works (with dates of performance) and a bibliography of critical studies on the playwright.

20th Century Drama

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20th Century Drama by James Vinson,Simon Trussler Book Summary:

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Dramatists

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Dramatists by D. L. Kirkpatrick Book Summary:

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Bombshells

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Bombshells by Joanna Murray-Smith Book Summary:

"Little gems, as observant as anything in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads."--Guardian

The Princess

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The Princess by D. H. Lawrence Book Summary:

First published in 1925, D.H. Lawrence's The Princess explores the life of a woman brought up to think of others as below her stature. Forced to live in America after the death of her father, she nonetheless finds her match in her guide. This is a tale of liberation from one's own ideas and beliefs.

Love in Idleness

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Love in Idleness by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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, which was never staged during Rattigan's lifetime. 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... Rattigan's first version of this comedy, Less Than Kind, was never staged and never published until 2011, the centenary of his birth. Instead it was substantially rewritten at the behest of the Lunts, who were to star in the premiere production, and it opened in the West End in 1944 as Love in Idleness. This volume presents both plays in full so that readers may judge for themselves which is the better. Less Than Kind was premiered in London in January 2011. This edition includes an authoritative introduction by Dan Rebellato, a biographical sketch and chronology.

The Deep Blue Sea

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The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

Rattigan's greatest play, reissued alongside Terence Davies' 2011 film version, is a true masterpiece of 20th century drama.

The Thrill of Love

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The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington Book Summary:

A gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there's more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes - but not in the way she imagines. Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect? Amanda Whittington's play The Thrill of Love dramatises the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines. The Thrill of Love was first staged at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, in 2013.

Love in Idleness

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Love in Idleness by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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First Episode

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First Episode by Terence Rattigan,Philip Heimann Book Summary:

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 with an authoritative introduction by Rattigan scholar Dan Rebellato.

Man and Boy

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Man and Boy by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

At the height of the Great Depression, ruthless financier Gregor Antonescu's business is dangerously close to crumbling. In order to escape the wolves at his door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil in the hopes of using his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. Can this reunion help them reconcile? Or will this corrupt father use his only son as a pawn in one last power play? A gripping story about family, success and what we're willing to sacrifice for both.

The Winslow Boy

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The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

THE STORY: What begins as a small incident ultimately grows into a cause celebre nearly shaking the foundations of the government. The incident is simply that of a youngster in an English government school who is expelled for an alleged theft. As

Rise of the English Actress

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Rise of the English Actress by Sandra Richards Book Summary:

An account of the English actress's view of her own rise up to social and professional prominence from 1600 to the present. Examining the actress's experience as distinct from the actor's, this book charts her influence on each age's views of women's nature and their role in society.

Movies Into Film

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Movies Into Film by John Ivan Simon Book Summary:

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Variation on a Theme

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Variation on a Theme by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

"Feelings can't sometimes be helped, but the expression of them can." Inspired by La Dame aux Camelias, and set amidst the glamorous and exotic society of the 1950s French Riviera, Variation on a Theme revolves around the tempestuous love affair between Rose, a beautiful and worldly socialite, and Ron, a young ballet dancer with a keen eye for social advancement. In an emotionally charged story of desire and disillusionment, Rose is persuaded by Ron's choreographer and mentor, Sam, to sacrifice her personal happiness for the sake of her young lover's success and career. But as Rose's health deteriorates, and Ron is faced with the loveless reality of their separation, they finally face up to their need to be needed. A forgotten classic by "one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century" (Michael Billington, Guardian), Terence Rattigan's Variation on a Theme was presented by HPZ Productions in association with Neil McPherson at the Finborough Theatre in February 2014. The production, its first in more than fifty years, starred twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling. The play's original 1958 premiere was directed by John Gielgud and starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett.

Theatre Book of the Year 1943-44

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Theatre Book of the Year 1943-44 by George Jean Nathan Book Summary:

George Jean Nathan (1882-1958) was formative influence on American letters in the first half of this century, and is generally considered the leading drama critic of his era. With H. L. Mencken, Nathan edited The Smart Set and founded and edited The American Mercury, journals that shaped opinion in the 1920s and 1930s. This series of reprints, individually introduced by the distinguished critic and novelist Charles Angoff, collects Nathan's penetrating, witty, and sometimes cynical drama criticism.

Albion

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Albion by Mike Bartlett Book Summary:

A new play from the award-winning writer of King Charles III.

Adventure Story

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Adventure Story by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

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The Browning Version

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The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan Book Summary:

A play about a schoolmaster at an English boarding school who must go into retirement due to ill health.

Angels Fall

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Angels Fall by Lanford Wilson Book Summary:

THE STORY: The scene is a small mission church in a remote part of New Mexico, where a middle-aged college professor and his lovely young wife detour unexpectedly after the highway is closed because of a possible accident at a nearby nuclear faci

Blue Stockings

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Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale Book Summary:

A moving, comical and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage. 1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a 'blue stocking' - an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriageable. In ?Blue Stockings?, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education. "Cracking... leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome." - Guardian "Brings wit and intelligence to a meaty subject." - Evening Standard "Lively and eye-opening." - Independent "Thoughtful and provocative... thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised." - The Stage "Touching and entertaining... Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation." - Telegraph Jessica Swale is a director, playwright, workshop leader and educator. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company, works regularly with the National Theatre, Out of Joint and various drama schools, and leads theatre projects in developing countries for Youth Bridge Global.

Rewriting the Nation

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Rewriting the Nation by Aleks Sierz Book Summary:

In recent years British theatre has seen a renaissance in playwriting that has been accompanied by a proliferation of writing awards, new writing groups and a ceaseless quest for fresh, authentic voices that will ensure the vitality and relevance of theatre in the twenty-first century. Rewriting the Nation is a perfect companion to Britain's burgeoning theatre writing scene that will prove invaluable to anyone wanting a better appreciation of why British theatre - at its best - remains one of the most celebrated and vigorous throughout the world. The books opens by defining what is meant by 'new writing' and providing a study of the system in which it is produced. It considers the work of the leading 'new writing' theatres, such as the Royal Court, the Traverse, the Bush, the Hampstead and the National theatres, together with the London fringe and the work of touring companies. In the second part, Sierz provides a fascinating survey of the main preoccupations and issues that have characterised new plays in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It argues that while under New Labour economic, political and social change continued apace, generating anxiety and uncertainty in the population, theatre has been able to articulate not only those anxieties and uncertainties but also to offer powerful images of the nation. At a time when the idea of a national identity is hotly debated, British theatre has made its own contribution to the debate by offering highly individual and distinctive visions of who we are and what we might want to become. In examining the work of many of the acclaimed and emerging British playwrights the book serves to provide a narrative of contemporary British playwriting. Just as their work has at times reflected disturbing truths about our national identity, Sierz shows how British playwrights are deeply involved in the project of rewriting the nation.