The Old Vic Theatre, with a host of new shows emerging from late 2010 to early 2011, also announces a new production of Cause Célèbre to be staged from March 2011. It will be a wonderful opportunity to witness what was the final play from the renowned dramatist Terrence Rattigan, whose career saw him pen some of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. It will be emerging on the scene under the direction of Thea Sharrock and with its real life story of Alma Rattenbury at its core it is likely to be a compelling production.
The story looks at the trial that took place following the murder of Francis Rattenbury in the 1930s. The suspects were his wife Alma Rattenbury and her lover George Stoner, with the resultant trial in Rattenbury’s play focusing on the role that jury forewoman Edith plays in the proceedings. During the course of events we see how Alma was condemned by the public, not only for the suspected murder but for her relationship with Stoner, who was a teenager in a morally strict Britain.
The play was put to paper in the 1970s and finally emerged in 1977 where it would go down in history as the final play of Terence Rattigan, who had been a renowned and respected playwright since his first works like First Episode and French Without Tears emerged in the 1930s. During his long career he would also be responsible for plays such as The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea and In Praise of Love amongst others, before his death in 1977 put an end to an era. His career will be celebrated in the staging of Cause Célèbre as it appears at the Old Vic in 2011, one hundred years since his birth in 1911.
Director Thea Sharrock is regularly putting on high profile and well-received work in the capital, with 2010 already seeing her direct the likes of Blithe Spirit, both at the Theatre Royal Bath and the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. She had previously directed a recent production of The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, which marked the West End debut of Keira Knightley (for which she earned a Laurence Olivier Award-nomination), with other credits that include After the Dance (another Terence Rattigan play) at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2010 and Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007.
Cause Célèbre is at the Old Vic Theatre from Tuesday 29th March 2011 (previews from Thursday 17th March 2011) to Saturday 11th June 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 17th March 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 11th June 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
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