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Cause Celebre

The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Anne Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack.

The Old Vic Theatre's recent production of Terence Rattigan's gripping courtroom drama, directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Anne Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack.

2011 marks the centenary of Terence Rattigan's birth. Cause Celebre was originally a radio play, produced by the BBC in 1975. Rattigan was fascinated by a sensational murder trial at the Old Bailey in 1935 concerning an elderly architect allegedly killed by his much younger wife Alma and George, their handsome odd-job boy. The popular press had a field day - tales of sex, drugs, alcohol and gore were plastered across the papers. The play follows the course of the murder trial and its impact on Edith Davenport, the morally upright forewoman of the jury. Edith is forced to reconsider her initial condemnation of the life-affirming, morally relaxed Alma.

Terence Rattigan is one of Britain's most popular 20th century dramatists.

Cast:
Joan Webster ..... Lucy Black
Francis Rattenbury .... Timothy Carlton
John Davenport .... Simon Chandler
Croom-Johnson ..... Richard Clifford
Christopher .... Oliver Coopersmith
Edith Davenport .... Niamh Cusack
Alma Rattenbury ..... Anne-Marie Duff
Montagu ..... Rory Fleck-Byrne
Tony Davenport .... Freddie Fox
Irene Riggs .... Jenny Galloway
Judge ...... Patrick Godfrey
O'Connor .... Nicholas Jones
George Wood .......Tommy McDonnell
Stella Morrison ....... Lucy Robinson
Clerk of the court .....Tristan Shepherd
Casswell ....... Richard Teverson
Wardress ....... Sarah Waddell
Sergeant Bagwell ....... Michael Webber
Coroner ....... Tristram Wymark

The play was directed by Thea Sharrock and produced by Polly Thomas for Sparklab, from the recent production by the Old Vic Theatre

Assistant director: Eleanor While
Original music: Adrian Johnston
Executive producer: Melanie Harris

Producer: Polly Thomas
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4.

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Sat 25 Jun 2011 14:30

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