A photograph taken in 1950 by the renowned theatrical photographer Angus McBean shows Terence Rattigan looking out through the proscenium arch of a model theatre. He is surrounded by posters, playbills and programmes for his plays, among them French Without Tears (1936) and While The Sun Shines (1943) – which both ran for more than a thousand performances – The Winslow Boy (1946) and The Browning Version (1948), which became his best-known works.
Terence Rattigan’s public profile was that of a gentleman-about-town who enjoyed the finer things in life. The photographs he kept in his archive depict him in stylish surroundings, always well-groomed, often with a cigarette or cigarillo poised elegantly between his fingers.
- Full title:
- Terence Rattigan Papers. Photographs of Terence Rattigan
- Photograph / Image
- Angus McBean
- © Angus McBean Photograph © Houghton Library, Harvard University. Houghton Library does not collect usage fees of any kind to license the work of Angus McBean.
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- British Library
- Add MS 74575
- Article by:
- Greg Buzwell
- Gender and sexuality, 20th-century theatre, Exploring identity
By the end of the 1950s, playwrights had gained new freedoms to represent homosexual characters and themes on the British stage. Greg Buzwell charts the impact of the Wolfenden Report and Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey on the Lord Chamberlain’s strict censorship policy.
- Article by:
- Dan Rebellato
- 20th-century theatre, Gender and sexuality, Exploring identity
Dan Rebellato recounts the inspiration for and early reception of The Deep Blue Sea, and compares successive drafts of the script to see how Terence Rattigan created a play at once restrained and emotionally intense.