Following a critically acclaimed and sold out run as part of Chichester Festival Theatre's Season in 2011, Neal Street Productions, Robert Fox and Playful Productions transferred the double bill of Terence Rattigan's one-act masterpiece and David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End.

Nominated for 2 London Evening Standard Awards

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About

South Downs is set at Lancing College in Sussex where a pin sharp young pupil is cut off from the rest of the school by virtue of his own intellect, background and questioning spirit. In an unlikely meeting with the mother of another pupil, her generosity of spirit and sound advice present the boy with a world of kindness and possibility.

Rattigan's The Browning Version presents the retiring Classics master Mr Crocker-Harris, tired, dried-up and an abhorrent tyrant over his pupils. A simple act of generosity by one of Crocker-Harris' pupils brings out the deep-rooted dignity and heartbreaking sadness that give this play its power.

 

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives:
The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Angus Jackson

South Downs by David Hare
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Design by Tom Scutt
Lighting by Bruno Poet 
Music by Paul Englishby

West End Cast:
Jonathan Bailey
Anna Chancellor
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes
Nicholas Farrell 
Stella Gonet 
Rob Heaps
Alex Lawther
Liam Morton
Mark Umbers
Andrew Woodall

 

Productions

Harold Pinter Theatre, West End. 19th April - 22nd July, 2012

Minerva Theatre, Chichester 23 September – 29 October 2016

Reviews

“Superb performances. Unbearably moving and well nigh faultless.”

Daily Telegraph

“Witty, vivid, erudite, an inspiring delight.”

The Times

"It's a joy to welcome these theatrical gems to the capital" 

Evening Standard