Latest Update: There were 191 (one hundred and ninety one) eligible entries for The Terence Rattigan Society Award.  The criteria was quite strict and this play for the theatre had to be performable by no more than six actors, with doubling allowed.  The standard of entries was extremely high and 35 readers were involved in the selection process before the scripts were sent to the final judges, Julian Fellowes, Dan Rebellato, Thea Sharrock and David Suchet.  There were seventeen finalists, all of whose plays were considered to be of the highest possible standard.  It was very difficult to make the final choices of third, second and first place.

Please Click Here for details of all seventeen final plays, which The TRS would like to recommend for future production.

The Terence Rattigan SocietySir Terence Rattigan

President: David Suchet, CBE.
Vice Presidents
:  Michael Darlow, The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford, DL, Dr Holly Hill, Greta Scacchi, Geoffrey Wansell
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.

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Play Reading, Pre-Christmas Buffet Lunch & AGM

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11.a.m. Doggett’s Coat & Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London SE1 9UD – Nearest tube Blackfriars

The Society has reserved a lovely private room, overlooking the river, on the second floor of Doggett’s public house on the corner of Blackfriars Bridge (South Side). It seats 90 theatre style, so do bring guests.

11.a.m. prompt. THE PLAY READING. ‘Going Back’ by Roy Chatfield.

Roy Chatfield took second prize in The Terence Rattigan Society Award, with his play ‘Going Back’. Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford D.L) presented him with a cheque for £1,000 at the ceremony at Harrow School and the other half of the prize was a rehearsed reading of the play for members of the TRS and their guests. This play alternates between two contrasting worlds – utterly dysfunctional Africa and a cosy, claustophobic world of suburban middle-class England. After six years as the hostage of African rebels, Jules returns home determined to pick up his life where he left it, but his experiences have irrevocably changed him and his family appear not to be the people they were. It is a ‘Rattiganesque’ play in that its broad canvas is coltan mining, hostage-taking and politics, but in fact it is all about people and relationships. Adrian Brown, who was a close friend of Terence Rattigan, is directing and readers include Emily Laing, Giles Cole and Sean Garvey.

12.30/1.p.m. CHRISTMAS BUFFET LUNCH, large selection including turkey/stuffing & cranberry sandwiches, scampi and tartare sauce, cumberland pigs in blankets, chilly chicken skewers, salads, chips, cheese, mince pies and brandy sauce. There will be a private bar adjacent to the meeting room and house wine is £17.95 per bottle.

This will take place at some point during lunch and will be chaired, with his usual clarity (and brevity), by our Secretary, Group Captain Clive Montellier, OBE., RAF.

Please download the booking form here.

Theatre Visit – Saturday 17th February, 2018

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The Society has arranged a visit to the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, Kent on Saturday 17th February 2018 to see ‘The Onion at the End’ by Roy Kendall.  The winner of the Terence Rattigan Society Award, this World Premier is set in a seaside town in the 1930s.  Two entertainers who share the same dressing room but otherwise little in common team up as a comedy act with resulting issues for them, their landlady and her son, plus a theatre producer always on the lookout for future stars!

Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford D.L) presented Roy with a cheque for £2,500 at the ceremony at Harrow School and the other half of the prize was a professional performance of the play at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs by The Sarah Thorne Theatre Company.

We have made the following arrangements and hope that many of you will be able to join us in such an exciting and memorable event for the Society:

1.45-2.30pm: Join us in the theatre bar for a glass of prosecco before the play.

2.30pm: ‘The Onion at the End’ will be performed.

Approx 4.30pm: There will be an opportunity to meet the cast of the play and enjoy a buffet tea of sandwiches, rolls, savouries, meat platter, cheese platter and assorted cakes and a cup of tea or coffee. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the theatre bar.

The theatre: For further information about the Sarah Thorne Theatre kindly go to their website: http://www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Please Download the Booking Form Here to find out more information and book your place.

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