The play tells of an 18-year-old who returns from Canada during the war and is shocked to find his widowed mother is now the mistress of a cabinet minister.
On from Fri 26 May – Sat 4 November 2017.
More details and booking information can be found here.
A dazzling dissection of love, class and the capacity for self-deceit.
David and Joan Scott-Fowler were Bright Young Things of the 1920s and live a glamorous life of hedonism and pleasure: debauched parties, serious drinking, sparkling wit and superficiality.
But times have moved on and they are no longer as bright or as young as they once were. When a young and idealistic couple come into their lives, they begin to realise that the gaiety of their youth is wearing thin and the precarious game around which their existence is constructed begins to fall apart.
Sharply satirical and heartrendingly beautiful, After the Dance is about a world on the cusp of enormous change. Neglected for many years, it is now considered to be one of the great works of a master dramatist.
In this brief but powerfully atmospheric play, a woman with a secret, alone at midnight in London has a burden to share that is at times both heart-breaking and sinister. This never-before-seen double bill celebrates the contrast in Rattigan’s astonishing range.
It will run from 24th October 2014 until 13th January 2014.
Watch the video below to hear Sir Kenneth discuss the season. More information can be found here.
Here’s a snipper of the review by Donald Hutera in The Times for “Variation of a Theme” at the Finborough Theatre.
“Here’s a rarity, and an oddity, in one elegantly febrile little package. Michael Oakley’s staging of Terence Rattigan’s 1958 play is being touted as the first full production since its West End premiere. Back then it was directed by John Gielgud, starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett, and closed after just 132 performances. Why?… ” Full review online here.
The world’s first professional production in more than 50 years of
VARIATION ON A THEME
by Terence Rattigan
Starring Rachael Stirling as Rose
at The Finborough Theatre from 22nd February – 22nd March, 2014.
‘Variation on a Theme’ opened at the Globe Theatre in London on 8th May 1958, when Rattigan’s star was on the wane. It starred Margaret Leighton and Jeremy Brett, but ran for only 132 performances. It was given a reading at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, staged by Michael Oakley, in the centenary year and now two young producers, Sarah Hammond and Sam Zdzieblo are proud and excited to mount the first professional production for over 50 years.
Inspired by La Dame aux Camelias, and set amidst the glamorous and exotic society of the 1950’s French Riviera, Variation on a Theme revolves around the tempestuous love affair between Rose, a beautiful and wordly socialite and Ron, a young bisexual ballet dancer with a keen eye on advancement. A forgotten classic by “one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century” (Michael Billington, The Guardian).