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While the Sun Shines - Full Length Play

While the Sun Shines

Terence Rattigan

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Full Length Play

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573617812

"A gay drawing-room comedy has come romping to the rescue of the faltering season." - The New York Herald-Tribune

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Mr. Rattigan has given a mild wartime slant to his play. One the eve of his marriage, the young and wealthy Earl of Harpenden puts up an American Lieutenant for the night; and in the morning dates him up with a former girl friend. The American mistakes the earl's finance for the girl friend, and the two of them fall in love with each other before he discovers his mistake. What with a French officer also in the race, the girl friend very much in evidence, and the fiancee's father, a deadbeat duke, adding to the complications, an evening of hilarious fun is the result.
"A gay drawing-room comedy has come romping to the rescue of the faltering season." - The New York Herald-Tribune


5m, 2f

Terence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) was a dramatist who wrote some of the most memorable and important plays of the twentieth century. His career as a successful dramatist ran from the opening of his first adult work on the London stage in 1933, First Episode, written with a friend while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford, until his death shortly after the London opening of his last completed ... view full profile

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Roger Prentice 1/28/2014 10:40 AM
Terrance Rattigan's farce, 'While the Sun Shines' is entertaining with some novel twists.  The actual characters are fun to contemplate, especially the Duke of Ayr and Stirling, and Lieutenant Colbert.  The weakness today are the various 1943 contemporary political references, uproariously funny at the time but boggles all but the political scientist.  Princess Elizabeth (presently Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister, Margaret Rose, saw it in 1943 and enjoyed it so much that the went home to Buckingham Palace and persuaded their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to see it as well.  The King, of course, laughed heartily because he would have known many of the political references - which caused me to order the play to see what he was laughing at!

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