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Cause Celebre

Cause Celebre
by Terence Rattigan
21 – 26 March 1988
Directed by Mike Rand

A woman on trial with her 20 years younger lover for the murder of her husband creates the title drama in this incendiary recreation of the infamous case of Alma Rattenbury and 18 year-old George Percy Stoner. In 1935, when accused of murdering her husband in their Bournemouth home, the headlines created an early tabloid sensation as woman and boy both took the blame, while sexual freedom was cast in sharp relief against the the stifling morality of post-Victorian England. From the celebrated author of Separate Tables and The Browning Version.


Alma Rattenbury – Christine Angell
Francis Rattenbury – Harry Randall
Christopher – Michael Bate
Irene Riggs – Elsie Bate
George Wood – David Ellis
Edith Davenport – Margaret Penny
John Davenport – Barrie Richardson
Tony Davenport – Laurence Rafferty
Stella Morrison – Carol Butler
Randolph Browne – David Sayers
Judge – Ted Howard
O’Connor – Roger Butler
Croom-Johnson – Peter Richardson
Casswell – Graham Frosdick
Montagu – Martin Howe
Clerk of the Court – Ian Macdonald
Joan Webster – Jayne Sawyer
Sgt Bagwell – Brian Roberts
Porter – Graham Lindsey


Stage Manager – Graham Lindsey
Assistant Stage Manager – Claire Kingshott
Set Design – Dennis Kingshott
Set Build – The Firm
Lighting – Dennis Kingshott
Props – Polly Owen
Sound – Nikki & Jacqui
Costume – Marjorie Sawyer

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