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Terence Rattigan

The Winslow Boy

Based on the real-life court case of a young naval cadet unjustly accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order and first staged in 1946, The Winslow Boy has been revived many times since, including at The Old Vic in 2013.
Ronnie Winslow is expelled from naval college, having been accused of petty theft. Enraged, his father Arthur engages a lawyer to challenge the Admiralty to prove the charges in court — but public opinion is very much against the Winslows, and each member of the family is suffering…
This edition includes an authoritative introduction by Dan Rebellato, a biographical sketch and a chronology.
'A sterling example of Rattigan's dramatic skill and humanity… deeply poignant' Telegraph
'A playwright of acute emotional intelligence, elegant wit, and an extraordinary gift for expressive construction… thrilling' Independent
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  • Avinashshared an impression8 years ago

    Reminded of my high school

  • b7251049708shared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading


  • Ibraheem Adebesinhas quoted4 years ago
    Scene: The drawing-room of a house in Courtfield Gardens, South Kensington, on a morning in July, at some period not long before the war of 1914-1918.

    The furnishings betoken solid but not undecorative upper middle-class comfort.

    On the rise of the curtain A BOY of about fourteen, dressed in the uniform of an Osborne naval cadet, is discovered. There is something rigid and tense in his attitude, and his face is blank and without expression.

    There is the sound of someone in the hall. As the sound comes nearer, he looks despairingly round, as if contemplating flight. An elderly maid (VIOLET) comes in, and stops in astonishment at sight of him.

    VIOLET. Master Ronnie!
  • May Thu Maunghas quoted5 years ago
    Reassuringly.) No, of course you didn’t.
  • May Thu Maunghas quoted5 years ago
    New Woman attitude.

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