Terence Rattigan | Critical Review by Charles Spencer

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Critical Review by Charles Spencer

SOURCE: Spencer, Charles. “Crying with Pain and Laughter.” Daily Telegraph (20 June 1994): 19.

In the following review of the 1994 London revival of The Browning Version, Spencer contends that “Rattigan is a matchless chronicler of English reserve and deep-buried pain.”

Terence Rattigan was discovered by his valet “weeping uncontrollably” as he wrote The Browning Version (1948), and it isn't hard to see why. In this marvellous one-act play, now receiving a deeply moving revival at the Greenwich Theatre, Rattigan conjures up a world of almost unbearable pain. It is a small masterpiece, which, like The Deep Blue Sea, makes the playwright's long years in the critical wilderness seem frankly inexplicable. Clive Merrison gives a magnificent performance as Andrew Crocker-Harris, a desiccated classics beak at an English public school who is taking early...

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