The Winslow Boy
Production Date: March 2001
Directed by: Dudley Thompson
One of the classics of the 20th century stage “The Winslow Boy” is a contrast to the recent comedies staged by the Players. Based on a real case the play was first staged in 1946 at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Rattigan had been challenged to write a play concern- ing a legal case without at any stage physically portraying the actual courtroom. This he did with great skill creating a well constructed and beautifully written masterpiece.
All the action takes place in a suburban drawing room during a two year period immediately before the First World War. Dealing as it does with the universal theme of love and the corrosive effects that obsession can wreck upon relationships the play is every bit as engrossing today as when first produced in 1946. The cast has risen to the challenges presented by the play with their usual good humour and enthusiasm and I trust we have created a production which does full justice to Rattigan’ s play and provides an evening you will all enjoy and remember.