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French Without Tears

French Without Tears cast, mid-performance

                                                                   Fri 16 – Sat 24 September 2016

Following last year’s critically acclaimed sold out run, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre present French Without Tears, the sparkling comedy by Terence Rattigan.

After a group of young men arrive at Monsieur Maingot’s French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, their concentration is disrupted by beautiful visitor Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they must learn another new language: girls.

At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him. And Bill. Oh, and darling Alan, of course. Then there’s Jack: she’s in love too. Meanwhile, Babe conceals his feelings… Not so simple after all.

Paul Miller directs Ziggy Heath as Alan, Alistair Toovey as Kenneth (Babe), Alex Large as Brian, Beatriz Romilly as Jacqueline, Tim Delap as Commander Rogers, Joe Eyre as Kit, David Whitworth as Monsier Maingot, Ariana Gray as Marianna, Florence Roberts as Diana.

Don’t miss a rare chance to see Rattigan’s ravishing 1930s comedy of young love and stiff upper lips.

This tour launches the Regional Touring Network, an Arts Council England Strategic Touring consortium of nine regional venues with whom ETT produce and tour high quality drama to venues looking to develop their drama audience. The Regional Touring Network includes venues in Exeter, Harrogate, Barnstaple, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Poole, Warwick, Oldham, and Huddersfield.

Previews: A £17 B-D £15 (Fri 16 & Sat 17 Sept)
Evenings: A £25.50 B £22.50 C £20 D £17.50
Sat Matinee: £17.50
Wed Green Matinee: £15*
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £5
Groups of 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members – multibuy discount available

Age 13yrs+
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins


For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.


Notes to Editors


Press night: Friday 16 September | 7:30pm

Terence Rattigan (1911 – 1977) was a dramatist. French Without Tears, his sparkling 1936 comedy was his first smash-hit success. Other major works include The Deep Blue Sea, TheBrowning Version, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy. He was knighted in 1971 for services to theatre.


English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s national theatre of touring. Led by Director Rachel  Tackley, the company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic  work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining. Brideshead Revisited, adapted by Tony Award nominee Bryony Lavery and directed by Damian Cruden, is on tour until July and will run in London at Richmond Theatre from 29 June to 2 July.



The Orange Tree Theatre is a 168-seat theatre-in-the-round producing a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays. Founded in 1972 by Sam Walters above a pub in Richmond, south-west London and moved to its current premises in a converted Victorian primary school in 1991. Orange Tree Theatre is run by Paul Miller as Artistic Director and Executive Director Sarah Nicholson. The Orange Tree Theatre has won five Offie Awards: four for Pomona as well as Best Artistic Director. The Philanderer plays at the Orange Tree until 25 June.



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