Events


2022 Events:

View our Event Archive here.

Future events:

Booking forms and information about future events will be sent direct to members.

ANNUAL BIRTHDAY DINNER – MONDAY 6 JUNE 2022

The Annual Birthday Dinner will be held at The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, SW6 3PR – 7 for 7.30pm on 6 June 2022.  The Society is delighted to announce that Dan Rebellato has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker at this year’s Annual Birthday Dinner.  See here Birthday dinner June 2022 for further details and the booking form.

Wednesday 1 June 2022, 2pm
THE CORN IS GREEN by Emlyn Williams

Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical drama The Corn is Green gets its first London revival for thirty-five years with director Dominic Cooke’s new, large-scale production. Nicola Walker, alongside Iwan Davies, leads the company as Miss Moffat, a headstrong English teacher working in an impoverished mining village in late 19th-century Wales. Set and costume design by ULTZ.

National Theatre, Lyttelton. Tickets: £46.00 senior (£66 standard rate)

Saturday 16 July 2022, 2.45pm
FOLK by Nell Leyshon 

Hampstead Theatre has just announced a bring-back of Folk which some of us were due to see earlier this year.  Hopefully those who had previously booked, as well as other members, will be able to join us on this occasion.

1903, Somerset. Rooted in the land where she has lived her entire life, Louie Hooper’s mind overflows with its songs – more than 300 of them passed down from her mother. Cecil Sharp, a composer visiting from London, fears England’s folk songs will be lost forever and sets out on a mission to transcribe each and every one. He believes Louie’s music should speak not just for this place but for the whole of England.

Inspired by a true story, Nell Leyshon’s Folk is a beautiful new play with songs.  Directed by Roxana Silbert.

Hampstead Theatre, Tickets £10 senior (£20 standard rate)

Here is the booking form to book places: Flyer – Spring Theatre Dates 

Some events of interest to members

The Committee thought that Society members might be interested in the following:

Here at Last is Love at the Stables Theatre Hastings which is during the week of 23 May.

Harrow/Eton match at Lords on Tuesday 28 June at 11am. This is the last opportunity to experience this match – 2022 being the final year it will be played at Lords. Tickets are £20 and can be booked on the Lords website: 

https://tickets.lords.org/en-GB/shows/eton%20v%20harrow/events

Past events 2022:

Saturday 23 April 2022, 2.30pm
THE FEVER SYNDROME by Alexis Zegerman – Hampstead Theatre

Dr Richard Myers, the great IVF innovator, is virtually a secular saint because of the thousands of babies he has created throughout his career. Now, his family gather to see him receive a lifetime achievement award. This fractious group are more accustomed to debate than empathy, so it’s not long before the family home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is once again alive with dispute: conflicting Thanksgiving memories and polarised opinions on investment banking and how best to care for their ailing father. And crucially, who will inherit Richard’s wealth and Richard’s prestigious science institution?

Stars Robert Lindsay.  Director: Roxana Silbert.

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 offered in February were 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.

Unfortunately the first of the two plays at Hampstead: Folk was cancelled due to covid.  So Society members met for supper at nearby Bradleys and saw a preview on the main stage at Hampstead Theatre of Florian Zeller’s new play The Forest directed by the ever dependable Jonathan Kent.

Past Events 2021

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 play.  The 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 – 2nd  December 2021 – The Orange Tree Theatre

The Society has arranged a visit to the matinée performance of While the Sun Shines at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond on Thursday 2nd December 2021 followed by an early supper.  Contact: our Events Secretary, Phill Ward at phillward@me.com

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

The Annual General Meeting of the Terence Rattigan Society which this year 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.

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 was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on Thursday 23rd September. 

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.

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