This year two productions will be appearing as part of a double bill at the Harold Pinter Theatre – “South Downs” by David Hare and “The Browning Version” by Terence Rattigan. The latter is a famous play from one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights and the former is a companion piece that was specifically commissioned to stand alongside the classic. It will allow audiences to enjoy Rattigan’s work in a whole new light.
As well as the two plays, those with theatre tickets can also look forward to witnessing the work of actors like Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell in both productions.
“South Downs” by David Hare takes audiences to Sussex’s Lancing College where we meet a young pupil whose intellect and attitude cuts him off from the rest of the school. So as the establishment creates an attitude that forces him further into isolation he meets the mother of another student and her contrasting personality allows him to experience new opportunity. The play was commissioned to appear at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Rattigan’s estate hoping it would be a fitting way to mark his centenary, and it ran from September to October 2011.
“The Browning Version” is one of Terence Rattigan’s most recognised plays, having emerged in 1948, and is also set with the confines of a school. This time the focus is on the Classics Master Mr Crocker-Harris, who has a tyrannical control of his students. Though he has little to look forward to – his marriage in tatters and a difficult retirement looming – he is affected most of all by an unexpected act of kindness at the hands of one of his students.
The London theatre scene was full of numerous Rattigan plays in 2011, all of which commissioned to mark 100 years since his birth in 1911. In addition to this double bill at the Chichester Festival Theatre, audiences also enjoyed “Cause Celebre” at the Old Vic Theatre and “Flare Path” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, both of which ensured that audiences had plenty of his work in which to relish.
“South Downs” and “The Browning Version” both appear as a Double Bill at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Tuesday 24th April 2012 (previews from Thursday 19th April 2012) until Sunday 22nd July 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 19th April 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st July 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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