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French Without Tears

By Terence Rattigan

‘a hoot of an evening.’ The Sunday Times
‘It catches the evanescent, mood-shifting nature of youth itself, with all its lovable-hateful neuroses and unavoidable foibles.’ The Telegraph
‘a lively revival.’ The Guardian
‘Paul Miller’s enjoyable production bustles with youthful insouciance’ Evening Standard
‘charming and deeply observant study of British masculinity, deftly revived here by Paul Miller. It’s light as a soufflé.’ Financial Times
‘Fans of Rattigan won’t want to miss Paul Miller’s adept revival.’ Mail on Sunday

Terence Rattigan’s sparkling 1936 comedy was the first smash-hit success from the writer of The Deep Blue Sea, After the Dance and The Winslow Boy.

After a group of young men arrive at Monsieur Maingot’s French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, their concentration is disrupted by beautiful visitor Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they must learn another new language: girls.

At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him. And Bill. Oh, and darling Alan, of course. Then there’s Jack: she’s in love too. Meanwhile, Babe conceals his feelings…

Not so simple after all.

An  English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre co-production.


Exeter Northcott Theatre

13 - 24 Sep 2016

Harrogate Theatre

27 Sep - 1 Oct 2016

The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

4 - 6 Oct 2016

Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

11 - 15 Oct 2016

Cast Doncaster

18 - 22 Oct 2016

Oldham Coliseum

25 - 29 Oct 2016

Warwick Arts Centre

1 - 5 Nov 2016

Lighthouse Poole

8 - 12 Nov 2016

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

16 - 19 Nov 2016

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Terence Rattigan


Paul Miller

Set Designer & Costume Designer

Simon Daw

Lighting Designer

Mark Doubleday


David Shrubsole

Sound Associate

Becky Smith

Associate Director

Spencer Noll

Casting Director

Ellie Collyer-Bristow

Costume Supervisor

Holly Rose Henshaw

Production Photographer

The Other Richard


Commander Rogers

Tim Delap


Joe Eyre


Ariane Gray


Ziggy Heath


Alex Large


Florence Roberts


Beatriz Romilly


Alastair Toovey

Monsier Maingot

David Whitworth