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FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS at The Orange Tree Theatre

December 11, 2015

Terence Rattigan’s FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond was “laugh out loud” delightful. The intimate small theatre in the round setting was perfect for this play. The usual initial barrier I often feel with Rattigan plays was simply not there with this production.

I had soon forgotten that we were watching a story from decades ago. We were in the room with the characters from the opening line. There was a relevance and a contemporary feel of “this class” and “their life” which seemed to me to be the same as we see today on TV in “Made in Chelsea”. What a clever play writer Terence Rattigan is.

The young cast were excellent. Joe Eyre as the character which I suspect was most autobiographical. William Belchambers and Tom Hanson gave memorable performances. David Whitworth brought some gravitas. I particularly enjoyed Sarah Winter as the temptress Jacqueline.

French Without Tears

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