Rattigan, Sir Terence

Rattigan, Sir Terence

▪ English playwright
in full  Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan 
born June 10, 1911, London, Eng.
died Nov. 30, 1977, Hamilton, Bermuda

      English playwright, a master of the well-made play.

      Educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Oxford, Rattigan had early success with two farces, French Without Tears (performed 1936) and While the Sun Shines (performed 1943). The Winslow Boy (performed 1946), a drama based on a real-life case in which a young boy at the Royal Naval College was unjustly accused of theft, won a New York Critics award. Separate Tables (performed 1945), perhaps his best known work, took as its theme the isolation and frustration that result from rigidly imposed social conventions. Ross (performed 1960) explored the life of T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) and was less traditional in its structure. A Bequest to the Nation (performed 1970) reviewed the intimate, personal aspects of Lord Nelson's life. The radio play Cause Célèbre was his final work; first broadcast in 1975, it was performed onstage in 1977.

      Rattigan's works were treated coldly by some critics who saw them as unadventurous and catering to undemanding, middle-class taste. Several of his plays do seriously explore social or psychological themes, however, and his plays consistently demonstrate solid craftsmanship. Rattigan was knighted in 1971 for his services to the theatre. He had many screenplays to his credit, including film versions of The Winslow Boy (1948) and Separate Tables (1958), among others, and The Yellow Rolls Royce (1965) and Goodbye Mr. Chips (1968).

Additional Reading
Geoffrey Wansell, Terence Rattigan (1995); Michael Darlow, Terence Rattigan: The Man and His Work (1999).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Rattigan, Sir Terence (Mervyn) — born June 10, 1911, London, Eng. died Nov. 30, 1977, Hamilton, Bermuda British playwright. After writing two comedies, he won acclaim for the drama The Winslow Boy (1946; film, 1948). His best known work, Separate Tables (1955; film, 1958),… …   Universalium

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  • Terence Rattigan — Activités Dramaturge Scénariste Naissance 10 juin 1911 Décès …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Terence Rattigan — Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan [ rætɪgan] CBE (* 10. Juni 1911 in London; † 30. November 1977 in Hamilton) war ein englischer Dramatiker und Drehbuchautor. Er schrieb Gesellschaftslustspiele und zeitnahe Problemstüc …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Terence Rattigan — noun British playwright (1911 1977) • Syn: ↑Rattigan, ↑Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan • Instance Hypernyms: ↑dramatist, ↑playwright * * * Terence Rattigan …   Useful english dictionary

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