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After the Dance production wins praise

Wednesday, 9th Jun 2010  

Theatregoers will be keen to book tickets to see After the Dance at the National Theatre after it won the approval of critics.

According to Charles Spencer of the Telegraph, this Terence Rattigan play tends to be overlooked in comparison with his other works, such as The Winslow Boy.

However, he said After the Dance easily stands comparison with the rest of his body of work, as it studies a whole gamut of human emotions in a pre-World War Two setting.

Mr Spencer was particularly positive about the standard of acting in this latest production, which he described as "first-rate".

Indeed, Nancy Carroll's performance was described as "almost unbearably moving", while Adrian Scarborough was said to be both "funny and touching".

"One leaves the theatre convinced that a neglected classic has finally been honoured," Mr Spencer commented.

Michael Billington of the Guardian was equally positive about this latest staging of After the Dance, calling it a "superb" production.

He said the play should remind theatregoers that Rattigan is one of the "supreme dramatists" of the last century.

By Jemma Howard

Article filed under: Theatre News | Plays |