Terence Rattigan's

French Without Tears

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Written by
Terence Rattigan

Directed by
Penny Cherns

Designed by
Noemi Daboczi

Carne Studio Theatre

£14 (£7 concessions)*

8 - 12 Feb

About the show

In a villa on the French Riviera, a group of young men are desperately trying to learn French ahead of their diplomatic service exams. But when Diana Lake appears on the scene, with the confidence to get who and what she wants, the men realise that diplomacy isn’t solely for international relations.

Interwar gender politics, and the power of language come out to play in Terrence Rattigan’s break-out play.

LAMDA thanks the Terence Rattigan Society for their generous support of this production.

Penny Cherns is a director and Senior Acting tutor at LAMDA.  She trained on the directors’ course at Drama Centre after completing a BA in sociology and politics at UKC. She assisted Joan Littlewood and then worked extensively as a director and associate director in major repertory theatres, and companies such as 7:84 and Monstrous Regiment; Asian Co-op theatre; the Royal Shakespeare Company; and directed for BBC and Channel 4.

She has run workshops and directed nationally and internationally - most recently directing The Tempest in Buenos Aires. She has also taught nationally and internationally at major drama schools such as Yale, Brandeis and Juilliard in USA and RADA and Guildhall amongst others in UK. She currently teaches and directs at LAMDA and runs the MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre.

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) was one of Britain’s most successful playwrights. After making his West End debut with French Without Tears in 1936 (which ran for 1,000 performances) his career spanned nearly 40 years where he wrote 24 dramas for the stage and more than 30 film, television, and radio plays.  His many successful plays include: French Without TearsAfter the DanceFlare PathLove In Idleness, The Winslow BoyThe Browning Version, Who is Sylvia?, The Deep Blue Sea Separate Tables Ross Love and Cause Célèbre.


Diana Lake 
Naomi Asaturyan

Jacqueline Maingot
Eugenie Bouda

Ben Church

Monsieur Maingot
Alexandre Déwen

Lt Commander Rogers
Lance Jeffries

Kit Neilan
Oliver Maynard

Jonas Moore

Adam Walker-Kavanagh

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