The Terence Rattigan SocietySir Terence Rattigan

President: David Suchet, CBE.
Vice Presidents
:  Michael Darlow.  Greta Scacchi.  Geoffrey Wansell. Dr Holly Hill.
Chairman:  Barbara Longford

The Terence Rattigan Society was founded in Sir Terence Rattigan’s centenary year, 2011,  to celebrate, enjoy and study the work and life of one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest playwrights.  A prolific and successful author of plays and film scripts,  Terence Rattigan’s most celebrated works include ‘French Without Tears’, ‘The Winslow Boy’, ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, and ‘Separate Tables’.

BENEFITS of membership include:

A regular printed copy of the dedicated magazine, with articles by leading playwrights, biographers and critics, as well as theatre listings and news and views.

Visits to the leading drama schools for Rattigan productions, by talented young students.

Masterclasses for students both young and mature, arranged in cooperation with the drama schools.

Theatre visits at discount prices, with optional suppers and an opportunity to meet like-minded people.  Discussions with cast members and directors.

Opportunities to visit Rattigan’s home at Albany and his birthplace in Cornwall Gardens.

Events at The Garrick Club, courtesy of its historian, Geoffrey Wansell.

Opportunities to attend events at Rattigan’s former school, Harrow and to explore their Rattigan archive.

Opportunities to visit RAF sites with a Rattigan resonance, with film screenings and supper.

Walking tours of areas where Rattigan lived and worked.

The Society was founded in 2011 with the support and approval of The Sir Terence Rattigan Charitable Trust and also of his biographers, Michael Darlow and Geoffrey Wansell.



The Terence Rattigan Society is delighted to announce that the winning play is


by Roy Kendall

Julian Fellowes presented Roy Kendall with a cheque for £2,500 and a framed certificate for his play ‘The Onion at the End’.  This play will have a professional production at The Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, from 14th – 18th February, 2018, with a special Gala performance on Saturday 17th February (matinee) for members of the Society and Special Guests.  Click here for a synopsis of the play.


by Roy Chatfield

Julian Fellowes presented Roy Chatfield with a cheque for £1,000 and a framed certificate for his play ‘Going Back’.  This play will have a rehearsed reading for members if the Society and their guests on Saturday 18th November, 2017 in a private room at Doggett’s Coat & Badge on Blackfriars Bridge. Click here for a synopsis of the play.


by Peter Briffa

Professor Dan Rebellato (one of the final judges) presented Peter Briffa with a set of the plays of Terence Rattigan, donated for the occasion by Mr Nick Hern of Nick Hern Books.   The introductions to the Nick Hern collection were written by Dan Rebellato.  Julian Fellowes also presented him with a framed certificate. Click here for a synopsis of the play.

Latest News:

Love in Idleness Transfers to the Apollo theatre in May

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Love in Idleness, directed by Trevor Nunn is transferring to the Apollo Theatre for 7 weeks only (50 performances) from 11th May.


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The Terence Rattigan Society Award
Update 27th December, 2016
35 best plays, go forward to third reader stage.

The Judging panel is pleased to announce that all submitted scripts have been read by two of our readers and we have arrived at a Longlist of the 35 plays with the best marks and reports. These plays will now go forward to a third reader. Here is a list of the titles of the Longlisted plays, in alphabetical order.

A Case of You
After the Ball
Around Whole
Artists and Models
Better Left Unsaid
Blackstone Rites
Breakfast by Candlelight
Broken English
Broken Wings
Church Hurt
Collective Experience
Flies to Wanton
Funes, The Memorious
Further Education
Going Back
Hippolyta’s Handyman
Ladybird Ladybird
Las Majas
Lenin in Poland
Mad Musings
Mutual Needs
The Minotaur
The Onion at the End
The Rattigan Affair
The Wild Boy
Things We Should Have Said Today
White Island
Windows of Heaven
Wrong Move


HUGE RESPONSE for The Terence Rattigan Society Award for a new play for the theatre.

The Terence Rattigan Society Award Launch

Update – October, 2016.

The Society is delighted to announce that by the closing date (end of August 2016) one hundred and ninety seven (197) scripts had been submitted for this award. Seven of these scripts were ineligible as they did not fit the criteria set out by the Society in the published rules.

We are now considering 190 scripts submitted from all over the UK. All scripts received have had an electronic acknowledgement and most of these 190 scripts have been sent out, anonymously, to two separate readers. When all the reports have been received, a longlist of plays will be sent on to a third reader.

The standard of submissions has been extremely high. To date thirty seven scripts have already been identified as having potential and will be read by a third reader and in addition many scripts have not yet been reported on by two readers.

The 20 best plays will go on to the next stage and eventually a shortlist of three plays will be selected and sent to the Final Judges – Thea Sharrock, Julian Fellowes, David Suchet and Professor Dan Rebellato.

This process will take rather longer than anticipated, due to the excellent response. We cannot say yet when the results will be announced, but please watch this space.

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