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The Rattigan revival

Not all neglected works bear revival, but the plays of Terence Rattigan, resurrected for his centenary, still hold their extraordinary tension

By David Benedict   March 2011

In too deep: Maxine Peake plays Rattigan heroine Hester at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

The Deep Blue Sea, West Yorkshire Playhouse, until 12th March, Tel: 0113 213 7700

Flare Path, Theatre Royal Haymarket, 4th March-4th June, Tel: 0845 481 1870

Cause Célèbre, The Old Vic, 17th March-11th June, Tel: 0844 871 7628

Nostalgia is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Armed with the centenary of a critically disregarded artist, producers rush out revivals and special editions which burn brightly but fade back into obscurity as everyone realises 100 is only a number and that the work…

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