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Old Vic play launches Rattigan centenary celebrations

Date Posted: 02/12/2010

Terence Rattigan’s final play, Cause Célèbre will open at The Old Vic theatre, London in March, launching the 2011 centenary celebrations of the birth of one of England’s greatest playwrights.

Directed by Thea Sharrock and starring award-winning stage and screen actress Anne-Marie Duff, Cause Célèbre is set to run from the 17th March to 11th June.

Examining the role of passion, guilt and loyalty in a study of 1930s English sensibilities, Cause Célèbre is based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury (Anne-Marie Duff) who was put on public trial with her 18-year-old lover in 1935 for the violent killing of her husband. Condemned by the public, more for her seduction of a younger man than any involvement she may have had in her husband’s death, Alma’s fate is left in the hands of the socially and sexually repressed jury forewoman, Edith Davenport.

Performance times are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinee productions. Groups of ten or more are entitled to concessionary rates for selected performances.

For further information or to book, telephone: 0844-871 7628 or log onto

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