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The Browning Version

by Terence Rattigan

Autumn 2018

Thur. Nov 8 - Wingfield Barns
01379 384505

Fri. Nov 9 - Beccles Public Hall
01502 770060

Thur Nov 15 - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft
01502 589726

Fri. Nov 16 -Westacre Theatre, near Swaffha
01760 755800

Sat. Nov 17 - The Cut, Halesworth
0300 3033 211

Thur. Nov 22 -  Laxfield Village Hall
01986 894411

Fri. Nov 23 - Diss Corn Hall
01379 652241

Sat. Nov 24 - Fisher Theatre, Bungay
01986 897130

All performances 7.30pm

Tickets £11 and £9 (concessions)

 

First performed on 8 September 1948, this is the 70th year anniversary of the play's first performance. The Broninng Version is seen by some as Terence Rattigan's best work.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the thwarted desires of Millie Crocker-Harris are released in the form of spite and betrayal as her ailing, humiliated schoolteacher husband, Andrew - also unloved by his pupils - faces academic and marital oblivion. But could an unexpected gift from one student help restore some semblance of humanity?
Rattigan’s finest play is full of moments of great compassion and heartache. A masterpiece.

Cast

Andrew Crocker-Harris - Tim Hall
Millie Crocker-Harris - Emma Martin
Frank Hunter - Ben Willmott
John Taplow - Leon Bedwell
Dr Frobisher - Peter Sowerbutts
Peter Gilbert - Mike Davison
Mrs Gilbert - Frances Lamb

Directed by David Green

REVIEW by David Vass

The Browning Version
Never shy of a challenge, Open Space’s latest production is a play generally regarded as Terence
Rattigan’s finest. Judging by the opening night at Wingfield Barns, it may well also be the company’s
finest performance.

Tim Hall is no stranger to meaty roles, having previously taken on Chekov’s Uncle Vanya and JB Priestley’s Inspector, but on this occasion he truly surpassed himself, with an outstanding and nuanced portrait of a man confronting his personal and professional failures. Humane and compassionate, his performance was perfectly complemented by Emma Martin cleverly underplaying his wife Millie, so that her monstrous nature crept on up an audience whose loyalties
had been adroitly misdirected. Ben Willmott offered up a very solid Frank Hunter, no one else but Peter Sowerbutts was ever going to play the utterly vile headmaster, while Leon Bedwell, as the guileless John Taplow, proved to be a valuable addition to the company’s already considerable roster
of talent.

Heart-rending, authentic and utterly compelling, this was repertory theatre at its very best, demonstrating a deep understanding of the ambiguity and subtlety of Rattigan’s text. It is a production that director David Green and his company should be proud of.

Browning

An evening with Michael Imison, who was Terence Rattigan's London Agent for many years. Thanks to the co-ordination of Barbara Langley Michael came to talk to us about Rattiga, and his work.
Photo above:
David Green, Michael Imison
Tim Hall, Emma Martin, Mike Davidson
Leon Bedwell, Peter Sowerbutts, Frances Lamb

Pre Production photographs

"You see, my dear Hunter, she is really quite as much to be pitied as I am. We are both of us interesting subjects for your microscope, hmmm! Oh Both of us needing something from the other to make life supportable for us... and neither of us able to give it. Two kinds of love, hers and mine. Worlds apart!
Oh I know now, but back when I married her, I did not think that they were incompatible, nor I suppose did she.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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