The Vagabond Players
The Winslow Boy
By Sir Terence Rattigan
Directed by Johnny Duncan
Many times filmed for BBC television and twice made into a movie, The Winslow Boy has attracted such illustrious performers as Nigel Hawthorne, Emma Thompson, Gordon Jackson, Jeremy Northam, Ian Richardson, Margaret Leighton and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. The gripping story, set in the visually glorious Downton Abbey period, will have you cheering for the Winslow family right to the final curtain.
Considered the greatest of Terence Rattigan’s plays, The Winslow Boy is set in the years leading up to World War I. Inspired by a precedent-setting historical event, the play depicts a riveting battle against the establishment. While toasting his daughter, Catherine’s engagement, Arthur Winslow learns that the Royal Naval Academy has expelled his son, Ronnie, for stealing. When the boy insists he is innocent, Arthur risks fortune, health, domestic peace and Catherine’s prospects to pursue justice, first through the Military Court of Appeals, and later, through a daring challenge to Parliament. Handling the case is Sir Robert Morton, a brilliant barrister who believes as firmly as Catherine and her father that ‘Right’ must be done.
Real-life father and son, Mike and Adrian Jones take the roles of Arthur and Ronnie Winslow, and Gina Raye Young stars as the sister whose engagement is thrown into jeopardy by the furor that develops as the case becomes front-page news. Chris Fofonoff plays her fiancé, John, whose loyalty wavers under threats from his father, and Gavin Leclaire plays Sir Robert Morton, the barrister who infuriates and intrigues her as they struggle to win the case. The stellar cast also includes Nancy Ebert, Kris Michaleski, Rob Stover, Alison Main-Tourneur, Isabel Mendenhall and Rob Larsen. Directed by Johnny Duncan, The Winslow Boy promises to be an exciting close to Vagabond Player’s season. A thrilling classic not to be missed!
May 31 – June 23, 2012
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm
The Bernie Legge Theatre, Queen's Park, New Westminster
Tickets: Adults - $15 Seniors/Students - $13
2-for-1 preview nights on May 31 and June 1
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