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Cause Célèbre

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About the Show Less...

Anne-Marie Duff stars in Rattigan's final play, based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury who went on trial with her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Read More >

Cause Célèbre is based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury who went on trial with her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. Condemned by the public more for her seduction of a young boy than for any involvement she may have had in her husband’s death, Alma’s fate is left in the hands of the socially and sexually repressed jury forewoman, Edith.

Cause Célèbre is staged at the Old Vic to celebrate the centenary of the birth of British writer Terence Rattigan. In addition to Cause Célèbre, the playwright also wrote piece including The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea and After The Dance.

Thea Sharrock, who previously directed Rattigan’s After The Dance at the National Theatre, makes her directorial debut at the Old Vic with Cause Célèbre. Her previous London productions include Equus, The Misanthrope, A Voyage Round My Father and Heroes.

For more about Cause Célèbre at the Old Vic read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/03/2011

Opening Night: 29/03/2011

Closing Night: 11/06/2011

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Anne-Marie Duff, Niamh Cusack, Lucy Black, Timothy Carlton, Simon Chandler, Richard Clifford, Oliver Coopersmith, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Freddie Fox, Jenny Galloway, Patrick Godfrey, Nicholas Jones, Tommy McDonnell, Lucy Robinson, Tristan Shepherd, Richard Teverson, Sarah Waddell, Michael Webber, Tristram Wymark


Director - Thea Sharrock

Producer - Old Vic

Designer - Hildegard Bechtler

Lighting Designer - Bruno Poet

Sound - Ian Dickinson

Author - Terence Rattigan

Music By - Adrian Johnston

About The Old Vic

The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

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