The Terence Rattigan SocietySir Terence Rattigan

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.

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

Latest News

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Terence Rattigan Society will be held on Monday, 23 November 2020 at 6.30pm.  As we are still not able to meet in person, the AGM will be held via Zoom.  Any Society member who would like to attend the meeting should contact Susan Cooper (susanecooper22@gmail.com) – we will then send a link to the meeting and details of how to join.

Here is Roger’s last quiz Rattigan quiz 5 with answers to quiz 4 including the answers to the previous quiz.

Here is Roger’s next quiz Rattigan quiz 4 with answers to quiz 3

The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) – the ALS Journal 2020 is available here: ALSo 2020

The National Theatre at Home will be screening The Deep Blue Sea starring Helen McCrory from 7pm UK time on Thursday 9th July until 7pm UK time on Thursday 16th July.

Click here Rattigan quiz 3 for Roger’s next quiz – answers soon!

Here are the answers to last week’s quiz (Quiz 2) Answers to quiz 2.

Here is another of Roger’s QUIZZES and the answers to last week’s quiz Rattigan quiz 2.

Another QUIZRattigan quiz 1  – this quiz has been devised by Society Committee member, Roger Mills – the answers will be posted next Monday 22nd June together with another quiz to keep you busy!

Terence Rattigan Society Quiz – Answers!

Here are the answers to quiz – TERENCE RATTIGAN SOCIETY QUIZ ANSWERS – do let us know how you got on!  Thanks again to Giles Cole for devising the quiz.

In Praise of Love

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced a rehearsed reading of In Praise of Love which will air on Tuesday 26th May at 7.3pm – it is free to watch and will be hosted via youtube.

In Praise of Love

By Terence Rattigan
Directed by Cat Robey
Issy Van Randwyck as Lydia
Jack Klaff as Sebastian
Andrew Francis as Mark
Mackenzie Heynes as Joey

Lydia is dying. Her husband Sebastian knows her diagnosis but refuses to let on, and their son Joey is stuck in between. Family friend Mark must be confidante to all as the misunderstanding heightens. How long can their pretences continue before each character’s unspoken emotion is fully revealed?  Rattigan’s masterful penultimate play is a tender and funny examination of the full range of human love and pain, loosely inspired by the relationship between actors Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall.

Terence Rattigan Society Quiz

Here is the TERENCE RATTIGAN SOCIETY QUIZ  to keep your TRS brains in trim!  Answers will appear here on Monday, 18th May 2020.  Thanks to Giles Cole for devising the quiz.

The Terence Rattigan Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies – read the latest ALS Newsletter here: ALS – Spring 2020

Birthday Dinner

The birthday dinner which was booked for Tuesday 9th June has been cancelled – we hope to rearrange at a future date and details will be sent to members.

7th-13th March 2020 – Cause Celebre – Hampton Hill Theatre

Hampton Hill Theatre put on Cause Celebre from 7th March to 13 March 2020 – there is a trailer on the theatre company’s new YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDlzPchV7rc

11th February 2020 – French Without Tears – LAMDA

28 members of the Society attended the matinee performance (2.15pm) of ‘French Without Tears’ on Tuesday, 11th February 2020. The performance was by students of London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and was the third production of a Rattigan play which has been sponsored by The Terence Rattigan Society’s Harold & Pegs French Award.

The performance was followed by a question and answer session with the cast when the actors had the opportunity to share their experience of working with Rattigan’s characters. This was chaired by Michael Gaunt and attended by Penny Cherns (the director). The Q&A was followed by tea, cake and chat with the actors and audience.

January 2020 – The latest issue of the Society’s newsletter, The Rattigan Version, has been mailed to members. who can also read it on the members section of the website.  Everyone can read previous versions of the newsletter which are available on the website.

Society News 2019

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Barbara Longford (above), the founder and Chairman of the Rattigan Society since 2011.  Barbara stepped down as Chairman at the recent AGM – read her Chairman’s Report which includes highlights of Society events since 2011 here  Chairman’s report – AGM

The Society’s AGM, play reading and buffet lunch was held on Saturday, 30th November at Doggetts Coat and Badge in London.

The AGM was the Society’s opportunity to thank Barbara Longford who stepped down as Chairman and celebrate the enormous amount of work, energy and dedication she has given to the Society.  She founded the Society in 2011 and since then has been planning and arranging most of the events over the past eight years.  Barbara reported on the highlights of the many exciting events that have taken place since the Society’s inception.

The play read was Wrong Move by Peter Briffa, directed by Michael Gaunt and performed by Giles Cole and Martin Amherst Lock.   Wrong Move was submitted for The TRS Award and was considered to be outstanding by our readers. It involves a chess-master, Temple, who is annoyed at what he sees as an unfair portrait in a new novel and so entices the author, Ogden, to a basement where he confines him with release only possible if he wins a game of chess. Through interminable games the relationship between the two is explored.  We were pleased that Peter Briffa was able to join us for the reading and lunch.

The Society has recently joined the Alliance of Literary Societies – do visit their website: allianceofliterarysocieties.wordpress.com and in particular the publications area where you will find newsletters and copies of the ALS journal ALSo.  The Autumn 2019 Newsletter from the ALS is now available on their website.

Two events were held at the British Library on Tuesday 17th September.  Both events were hosted by Society member Professor Dan Rebellato.

At the first event called ‘Show and Tell’ Professor Rebellato and a British Library Curator enabled Society members to see and handle some of the early drafts of Rattigan’s most famous plays, letters, cuttings files and more.

At the second event called ‘Craftsman at Work!  Secrets from the Rattigan Archive‘ Professor Rebellato, who has worked in the Rattigan Archive for over twenty years, gave an illustrated lecture with a glimpse into what the Archive can tell us about Rattigan’s process, his craft and his theatre.



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