I feel bad recommending a play that’s coming to the end of its season but there is still a chance to get a ticket to The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan at The Old Vic, London. Believe the hype and Daily Telegraph reviews, it is so much fun to watch.
Set in Edwardian England, Winslow’s son is accused of stealing and expelled from school. Winslow fights for his innocence upon a point of principal and almost loses everything as a consequence: his other son’s Oxford education, his daughter’s engagement and his retirement with his wife are all sacrificed. Don’t be put off by this snippet, it’s a lot funnier than it sounds.
If, like the rest of the UK and America, you were addicted to Downton Abbey then you will also appreciate the costumes, language and drawing room setting. There are references to the suffragette movement and oncoming World War.
The acting is superb, I couldn’t fault anyone. What an enjoyable evening to be had at The Old Vic (do you always try to look for Kevin Spacey in there like I do?). Champagne for £9, great classic Rattigan script and the chap who played Sir Richard (the barrister defending the Winslow boy) was rather dishy too!