Day-long Event: “Rattigan Returns”
In Depth: Rattigan Returns
Thu 15 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Running Time: 6hrs approx
Terence Rattigan’s work has seen a recently resurgence in theatres across the UK. Playwright, teacher and academic Dan Rebellato will lead this day-long event which explores the renewed interest in Rattigan’s work. Rattigan was one of the most successful playwrights of the 20th century, with many of his plays receiving long West End and Broadway runs, numerous revivals, and transfers to screen. Until recently, he tended to be dismissed as a lightweight, class-bound, conservative and even emotionally dishonest writer of mere ‘well-made plays’. This event is an opportunity to look again at his plays and his reputation, revealing the extraordinary precision and subtlety of his craft, and the bold, emotionally rich, socially questioning aspects of his work. The day will look at The Deep Blue Sea, which currently in repertoire at the National Theatre, and consider works like After the Dance, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, and Separate Tables, as well as other, lesser-known plays.
With Michael Darlow, author of Terence Rattigan: the Man and his Work, and Sean O’Connor, producer of the film of The Deep Blue Sea (2011). Extracts from Rattigan’s plays will be read by members of the NT Company, directed by Rosemary McKenna.