South Downs and The Browning Version
Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: TBC after opening
Booking Until: 21 July 2012
Those who have enjoyed the Chichester Festival Theatre’s recent West End transfers ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’ will appreciate seeing a smaller and more poignant work onstage. The themes relate to both teachers and students, who will be able to empathise with the situations presented whilst relating to the pressures of academic life. Those who enjoyed ‘Flare Path’ at the Haymarket will appreciate Rattigan’s shorter play and will be able to admire Hare’s companion creation.
Both plays concern themes that may be unsuitable for children. Please note that children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Two one act plays are set to delight audiences at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Direct from a successful season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, this double act marries Terrence Rattigan’s ‘The Browning Version’ alongside a new work by David Hare ‘South Downs’ which has been written specifically to accompany the piece. Rattigan’s Harrow School and Hare’s Lancing College provide the setting for both plays, each told through the eyes of a different character, but sharing themes of kindness and surprise in the most unforgiving of contexts. The same cast bring both pieces to life, and are directed by Jeremy Herrin and Angus Jackson respectively. Starring veterans of the stage Anna Chancellor and Nicolas Farrell, each character is convincingly portrayed, allowing the various links between the texts to be realised and drawn upon.