is never easy, but the National Theatre’s production of Terence Rattigan’s seldom produced play “After the Dance” succeeds wonderfully. After the Dance by Terence Rattigan at the Lyttelton, National Theatre Seen briefly in the West End in , Rattigan’s play is a portrait of a. A Terence Rattigan play that closed early and was largely neglected for 70 years until its revival at the National Theatre emerged as the biggest.

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Rattigan’s “After the Dance” a rare gem

Adrian Scarborough won best actor in a supporting role for his performance as a drunken hanger-on, and Hildegard Bechtler won for best costume design. When David has an awakening, provoked by the young Helen Banner, he asks Joan for a divorce, an action that develops into tragic complications.

Its four awards included best actress terennce a pregnant Nancy Carroll, whose portrayal of the socialite Joan Scott-Fowler was described as “magnificent” by the Guardian and “almost unbearably moving” by the Telegraph. Product details File Size: English theater is constantly rediscovering Terence Rattigan as one of its great undersung writing talents. Yeah like that was going to happen!

The play was pulled in August after only sixty performances.


Part of it was his own fault, his insistence that his plays were fit for his Aunt Edna was just asking for a punk riposte, but part of the attack on Rattigan and simultaneously on Noel Coward his contemporary was clearly rooted in an evangelistic rightwing desire to sweep homosexuality affer of the theaters.

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After the Dance, the awards: Terence Rattigan play wins four Oliviers

The Lyric Hammersmith’s revival of Sarah Kane’s Blasted won outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre, while the Donmar’s King Lear tue for sound design. The National was the biggest winner, with seven prizes overall. Last night’s other big winners at rattigaj unashamedly showbizzy ceremony in the West End were Legally Blonde, the Musical — and Stephen Sondheim.

Mariella Oakes rated it liked it Apr 27, Opened, reviewed June 8, E rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Works by Terence Rattigan. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Directed by Thea Sharrock.

Miranda Shutte rated it really liked it Sep 11, I’m officially co-producing this show. He and his wife Joan are still clinging to their Twenties heydays, and are joined in their plush flat by parasitic lodger, John. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. It unfolds in surprises, and a great great part for, oh I don’t know, Stockard Channing–even Carol Channingeven Channing Tatum–and I recommend it heartily.


Rattigan’s attack on the moral vacuity of the ‘bright young things’ of the twenties and thirties, written between French Without Tears and Aftter Deep Blue Sea. The characters are shattered by the revelation and even though David and Helen plan to get away from this life, the play ends with a clear sign that David will continue as he did. The characterization is brilliant in this play.

After the Dance by Terence Rattigan

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The play’s director, Thea Sharrock, said it had not been easy afte get such a little-known play staged.

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Trivia About After the Dance. Jen Shu rated it it was amazing Mar 10,