First Episode

The first ever revival of Terence Rattigan’s 1934 debut play, a comedy about a group of Oxford University students, and their romantic entanglements with a visiting film star, Margot Gresham.

★★★★ It is astonishing to think that this first play by Terence Rattigan, seen briefly in London and New York in 1934, has been gathering dust for 80 years. Tom Littler’s well-cast production captures vividly the hedonistic irresponsibility of privileged, pre-war undergraduate life … Even at 22, Rattigan was a born dramatist. Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ But the remarkable thing is that this young Rattigan, despite his obvious debt to Coward comedies, is drilling deep already into the dark. Into emotional male bonding, the alien strength and vulnerability of women, and the profound sadness of impossible love. This terrific, close-up, thoughtful production does him honour. Libby Purves, Theatre Cat

★★★★★ One of the most impressive pieces of theatre I’ve seen for a long time … A true masterclass in acting from Caroline Langrishe. Terry Eastham, London Theatre

★★★★ Littler stages it with a strong period feeling, summonsed in particular by Neil Irish’s handsomely cluttered designs of the Oxford rooms (which later adeptly morph into a hotel room) and pitch perfect performances from a cast that stay exactly on the right side of the sort of caricature. Mark Shenton, The Stage

Cast

Adam Buchanan, Gavin Fowler, Harry Gostelow, Molly Hanson, Alex Hope, Philip Labey, Caroline Langrishe.

Creative Team

Set Designer – Neil Irish

Lighting Designer – Tim Mascall

Costume Designer – Emily Stuart

Sound Designer – Matt Eaton

Assistant Director – Philippa Douglas