Previewed 8 March 2013, Opened 19 March 2013, Closed 25 May 2013 at the Old Vic Theatre in London
A major revival of Terence Rattigan's classic drama The Winslow Boy in London starring Henry Goodman and directed by Lindsay Posner.
Based on a true story, Terence Rattigan's 1946 play, The Winslow Boy is about a father's fight to clear his son's name when he is expelled from a school after being convicted of theft.
The cast for this stage production of The Winslow Boy in London features Henry Goodman as 'Arthur Winslow', Charlie Rowe as 'Ronnie Winslow', Deborah Findlay as 'Grace Winslow', Naomi Frederick as 'Catherine Winslow' and Peter Sullivan as 'Sir Robert Morton' along with Sia Berkeley, Nick Hendrix, Stephen Joseph, Wendy Nottingham, Richard Teverson and Jay Villiers. The production is directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Fergus O'Hare.
"Henry Goodman plays the father... and, while he hasn't quite the subtlety and sensitivity that the part requires, the chemistry between him and Charlie Rowe as his boy, Ronnie, who has been falsely accused by his naval college of stealing a postal order, is affecting. Peter Sullivan makes a satisfyingly hawkish Sir Robert, too, but I do wonder about some of the practicalities in Lindsay Posner's production. Rowe is an unusually tall lad to play the title role. It makes a nonsense of his mother (Deborah Findlay) talking about his "little bed" - and he certainly looks, in his naval uniform, a lot older than 14... Overall, the production feels sturdy, rather than inspired, but frankly it is such a perfect piece - so well written that not a word should ever be excised - that it would be compelling even with a cast of marmosets." The Sunday Telegraph
"Terence Rattigan's solid, serious (though there's plenty of elegant humour) and beautifully crafted classic is about the might of right in Edwardian England where, in 1912, a 13-year-old naval cadet is falsely accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order. Strikingly, the play is a compelling courtroom drama and yet none of the scenes takes place in court. Lindsay Posner's well-judged and detailed revival unravels in a comfortable Kensington drawing room decorated with Morris wallpaper... But it's the domestic fall-out of the case, the crushing emotional and financial cost for the Winslows, that Rattigan is concerned with. Henry Goodman's Arthur begins the play as a decent, dry old stick... two years later, he's aged two decades and is an exhausted old crock in a wheelchair; his wife wonders whether it's been worth it. And it's this question about how far one is prepared to go to see the right thing done that creates the play's marvellous tension." The Mail on Sunday
Henry Goodman's recent West End theatre credits include playing the role of 'Sir Humphrey Appleby' in the original cast of Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn's stage comedy Yes, Prime Minister opposite David Haig as 'Jim Hacker' at the Apollo Theatre in 2011, playing opposite Juliet Stevenson in Tom Kempinski's play Duet For One at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2009, the lead role of 'Teyve' in Lindsay Posner's revival production of the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical Fiddler On The Roof at the Savoy Theatre in 2008, playing opposite Eileen Atkins in Lindsay Posner's revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at the Duchess Theatre in 2005, and the role of 'Buddy Fidler' in Michael Blakemore's production of the Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart musical City of Angels at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1993.
Recent West End theatre revivals of Terence Rattigan's work include The Browning Version starring Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell and directed by Angus Jackson (Harold Pinter Theatre 2012), Cause Celebre starring Anne-Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack and directed by Thea Sharrock (Old Vic Theatre 2011), Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, James Purefoy and Sheridan Smith and directed by Trevor Nunn (Haymarket Theatre 2011), Deep Blue Sea starring Greta Scacchi and directed by Edward Hall (Vaudeville Theatre 2008) and Man and Boy starring David Suchet and directed by Maria Aitken (Duchess Theatre 2005). His other West End credits include Harlequinade and Separate Tables.
Lindsay Posner's London theatre credits include directing Jill Halfpenny in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party at the Wyndham's Theatre 2012, Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre 2012, Dominic West in Simon Gray's Butley at the Duchess Theatre 2011, Samantha Bond, Rachael Stirling and Alexander Hanson in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre 2010, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ken Stott in Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre 2009 and the classic musicals Carousel and Fiddler On The Roof both at the Savoy Theatre in 2007 and 2008. He is directing a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's play Relatively Speaking in London starring Felicity Kendal at the Wyndham's Theatre in May 2013.
The Winslow Boy in London at the Old Vic Theatre previewed from 8 March 2013, opened on 19 March 2013 and closed on 25 May 2013.