French Without Tears

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Nick Hern Books, 1995 - Drama - 80 pages
Recent years have seen a sustained revival - of the work of Terence Rattigan. New productions have been greeted with surprised delight that the acknowledged master of the 'well-made play' can continue to provoke such powerful emotions. As Rattigan himself wrote, 'I believe that the best plays are about people, and not about things.' This volume is one of a series of new editions of his most enduring work. Each has an authoritative and up-to-date introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.
The play that first made Rattigan's name and ran for over a thousand performances in the 1930s, French Without Tears is a masterpiece of light comedy about a group of 'bright young things' attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid myriad distractions. The original cast included Trevor Howard, Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond and Jessica Tandy. Reviewing a recent revival, the Daily Telegraph wrote: 'So we were not wrong, those of us who remember French Without Tears as delicious and somehow something more than a mere frolic.'

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About the author (1995)

Sir Terence Rattigan was one of the most popular English 20th-century dramatists. His first play, First Episode, was produced in 1934; his best-known later works include After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version and The Deep Blue Sea. Many of his plays have been adapted for film, and are frequently revived. He also served as an RAF tail gunner in WWII.

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