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

Founder: Barbara Longford
Chairman:  Denis Moriarty

Latest News

Saturday 5th February – A Day At Hampstead Theatre

The Society has decided to widen the scope of events in future. Given Rattigan’s plays are not performed with the frequency of, say, Shakespeare’s, the two titles we’re offering in February are by playwrights we believe he’d approve of and plays he would keen to see himself. From time to time future visits not connected to Rattigan himself will be similarly curated.

The first of the two plays at Hampstead: Folk concerns the story of composer Cecil Sharp – champion and, some would say, saviour of English folk song in the early years of the 20th Century. Or was he?

Following supper at nearby Bradleys – at which we might be joined by a guest from one of the days plays – we’ll see a preview on the main stage at Hampstead Theatre of Florian Zeller’s new play The Forest directed by the ever dependable Jonathan Kent. 

Please find here Hampstead Theatre Flyer – 5 Feb 2022 the flyer for the Terence Rattigan Society’s first event for 2022 – a day of theatre in Swiss Cottage.  

Flare Path Saturday 4 December 2021 – 2.30pm at the Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

JOIN US for a day out to the seaside (close enough!) to see The Southend Shakespeare Company (est.1951) perform Rattigan’s moving wartime playThe Society has also scheduled a post-show Q+A – with some of the cast and the director — in the theatre. Following this we shall adjourn for supper directly opposite at welcoming Italian restaurant, Il Palazzo.  The booking form is here: Flare Path – Booking Form – please book by 19 November 2021.

While the Sun Shines at the Orange Tree Theatre

The Society will be attending the matinée performance of While the Sun Shines at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond on Thursday 2nd December followed by an early supper.  Contact: Phill Ward, Events Secretary at phillward@me.com

AGM – 21 November 2021 at the Sun Inn, Richmond-upon-Thames

The Annual General Meeting of the Terence Rattigan Society will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 21st November at the Sun Inn, Richmond-upon-Thames.  It will be followed by a traditional Sunday lunch and the opportunity to attend the 2.30pm matinée performance at Richmond Theatre of Poirot and More, a Retrospective, in which our President, Sir David Suchet, is making his eagerly awaited return to the stage. Poirot and More looks back fondly at Sir David’s illustrious theatrical life, exploring some of the many characters he has portrayed on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades. Our Vice-President Geoffrey Wansell, journalist, broadcaster, biographer and co-author of Poirot and More, will be joining David as interviewer in this unique opportunity to meet the actor behind the detective.

Here is the booking form for the event: AGM 2021 – Booking form

Please return the form to Alison Du Cane by Monday 8th November at the latest. The charge of £50 covers both the cost of a ticket for the performance and a Sunday lunch main course.

Rattigan Memorial Fundraising Project (RMFP)

A GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/722dc999 has been set up to raise money for the restoration of the Rattigan Family Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery.  The aim is to raise £24,000 which will ensure the structure of the memorial will be secured for generations to come, the memorial itself will be cleaned and repaired and Rattigan’s name will finally be placed alongside other members of his family.  Anyone who would like to donate can do so by making a bank transfer to the Terence Rattigan Society bank account (22820768, sort code: 30-64-72 using the reference RMFP).  If you would like further information about the project, please email the Secretary of the Society at: mramherstlock@gmail.com

The Alliance of Literary Societies

The Terence Rattigan Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies.  Read their latest publications here:

ALSo – 2021 Journal: ALSO 2021

Newsletter – Autumn/Winter 2021: ALS – Newsletter – Autumn, Winter 2021

The Stage (29 July 2021)

An article by Nick Smurthwaite in The Stage (29 July 2021) on Terence Rattigan: The rise, fall and rise again of a 20th-century great looks at Rattigan’s enduring appeal, a new discovery and attempts to give him a fitting resting place – go to: www.thestage.co.uk

The Browning Version – CANCELLATION

Sadly we have received information from the theatre that the production of The Browning Version which was due to take place at the Riverside Studios in August 2021 has had to be cancelled.  The impact of cast members getting infected by Covid-19 or being asked to isolate as a result of exposure to the virus has been such that the production is no longer viable or able to be staged successfully.

Birthday Dinner at the Oxford  and Cambridge Club – Thursday 23rd September 2021

The Sir Terence Rattigan Birthday Dinner is to be held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on Thursday 23rd September. We very much look forward to seeing members then and to welcoming our President Sir David Suchet who, subject to his availability, will be our guest of honour.  Further details and the booking form: O and C B’day Dinner Flyer 2021

The Rattigan Version Issue 36 is now available to Society Members – hard copies have been mailed out and the online version is available in the Members Section of the website.

Details of future amateur productions of Rattigan plays have been added to the website – look out for details of further productions in due course.

The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS) – you can read the ALS Spring Newsletter here: ALS spring newsletter

The old Theatre Museum archive, now at the V&A (formerly at Blythe House), looks likely to be a casualty of the museum’s need to cut expenditure. Its loss would be a devastating blow to any archival historical research into British theatre. A petition has been sent up by SIBMAS (the International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts) asking senior management of the V&A to reconsider the position of the Theatre & Performance Department before they rush to close the archives and library and make responsible staff redundant.  For further information and to sign the petition, click here: https://www.change.org/p/tristram-hunt-director-v-a-performing-art-heritage

All On Her Own by Terence Rattigan starring Janie Dee to stream from 16 February 2021

Jack Maple & Brian Zeilinger-Goode for MZG Theatre Productions will produce a brand new digital production of Terence Rattigan’s one-woman play, All On Her Own, starring award-winning actress Janie Dee and directed by Alastair Knights, with Jack McCann as assistant director and original music by Lindsey Miller. The show will be available to stream for eight performances only via stream.theatre from 16 to 21 February 2021. More information about the production is available at stream.theatre or the direct link http://www.allonherown.com

Live Online Play Reading – Heart to Heart by Terence Rattigan Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

In the absence of any normal events for the Society – for reasons we know only too well! – and by arrangement with Alan Brodie Representation the Society is presenting a live online reading of a lesser-known play by Terence Rattigan and we hope members will wish to ‘attend’ the reading.  Please see here Heart to Heart flyer for further details of how to attend via Zoom.

Here is a message from the Cinema Museum:  Pretty much all the Gov COVID-emergency funding to support closed arts organisations has been distributed and The Cinema Museum didn’t qualify to apply for any of it – there was always just one box we couldn’t tick. So we need to raise the money to look after the buildings and pay all the bills, with no income streams for a year and no Gov funding.  So, we have set up a Crowdfunder with Toby Jones and Rory Kinnear to raise £60,000 and we have raised over £45,000 from over 1000 people so far  – which is great, but we need a new big push to get to the finish line. Please consider donating and encouraging others to donate – preferably both!  £1 is just fine.

Here is the link:


The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Terence Rattigan Society was held on Monday, 23 November 2020 at 6.30pm.  As we were still not able to meet in person, the AGM was held via Zoom.

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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