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Canterbury: Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy stars Only Fools and Horses' Tessa Peake-Jones

By Angela Cole

The gripping play The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan has saved the best 'til last on its UK tour and heads to Kent for its final tour dates.

Having been expelled from the Royal Navy College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family are pulled apart by the repercussions of such a charge.

Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the family fight to clear his name or face being ostracised as the case becomes a national scandal.

The Winslow Boy will be at the Marlowe Theatre Picture: Alastair Muir
The Winslow Boy will be at the Marlowe Theatre Picture: Alastair Muir

Based on a real life event, The Winslow Boy is a delicately humorous window into the class and politics of the time as well as a highly-charged moral drama. The 1946 play became one of Rattigan’s best known and most loved works.

Tessa Peake-Jones and Timothy Watson take on the lead roles.

Tessa is best known for her long-running role as Raquel, in the much-loved sitcom Only Fools And Horses, and more recently in ITV's Grantchester since 2014.

Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones stars in The Winslow Boy Picture: Alastair Muir
Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones stars in The Winslow Boy Picture: Alastair Muir

Joining her is Timothy Watson, who played the rogue Rob Titchener in BBC Radio 4's The Archers, which depicted controlling behaviour and was a landmark portrayal of domestic abuse. More recently, he has appeared in the TV drama Mr Selfridge and has voiced more than 30 video games - even the voice of James Bond and Auric Goldfinger in the Bond Legends game, released in 2012.

Tessa plays Grace Winslow while Aden Gillett plays Arthur, parents who are forced to fight to protect their family. Timothy is the ambitious lawyer who takes on their case.

DETAILS

The Winslow Boy is at the Marlowe Theatre from Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 19. For tickets, priced from £19.75, call 01227 787787, or go to marlowetheatre.com.

Aden Gillett stars in The Winslow Boy Picture: Alastair Muir
Aden Gillett stars in The Winslow Boy Picture: Alastair Muir

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