Tessa Peake-Jones and Aden Gillett head the cast of a 2018 UK tour of Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama, The Winslow Boy, directed by Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh.
Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses, Grantchester) stars as Grace Winslow wife of Arthur Winslow, played by Aden Gillett (House of Eliott, Holby City), the father who embarks on an extraordinary campaign for justice for his son.
The Winslow Boy tour follows acclaimed runs at both Chichester Festival Theatre and the Birmingham Rep and comes from ths same stable as productions of The Kings Speech and Single Spies (the latter also directed by Kavanaugh).
The drama, which opens in Chichester next February, is being produced by Mark Goucher.
Young Ronnie Winslow’s entire family are pulled apart after the cadet is expelled from the Royal Navy College for stealing a five-shilling postal order.
Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the Winslow family fight to clear his name or face social ostracism as the case becomes a national scandal.
Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time.
The 1946 play became one of Rattigan’s best known and most loved works. The Winslow Boy has enjoyed several high-profile revivals, both in the West End and on Broadway.
It was turned into a feature film in 1948, directed by Anthony Asquith, and again in 1999 by David Mamet.
The play won the Ellen Terry Award for Best New Play and, on its US premiere at the Empire Theatre in October 1947, received the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
Tessa Peake-Jones has become well-known as housekeeper Mrs Maguire in ITV1’s Grantchester, and has had a long, varied career including: Unforgotten (ITV), Marchlands (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC), Legacy (BBC) and, famously, Raquel in Only Fools and Horses.
Her extensive theatre credits include: Beacons (Park Theatre), Home, Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre), Park Avenue Cat (Arts Theatre London), The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder (National Theatre), The Park, Hamlet, A Comedy Of Errors (RSC).
Aden Gillett plays Arthur Winslow in the new touring production, having appeared in the 1999 David Mamet’s directed big screen version as John Waterstone.
Gillett is best-known for his depiction of Jack Maddock in The House of Eliott, alongside starring performances in Silks, Pollyanna, Vera, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Innocents, The Queen’s Sister, Ivanhoe, Holby, The Harry Enfield Show, The Impressionists and The Tenth Kingdom
His theatre credits include: R and D (Hampstead Theatre), ORCA (Southwark Playhouse), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Noises Off (National Theatre), Accolade (Finborough Theatre), An Inspector Calls (Royale Theatre, Broadway).
West End performances include Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Blithe Spirt (Savoy Theatre), Betrayal (Duchess Theatre.)
2018 TOUR DATES
February 8 – 17, Chichester Festival Theatre
February 21 – March 3, Birmingham Rep Theatre
March 5- 10, Bath Theatre Royal
March 12 – 17, Oxford Playhouse
March 26 31, Cambridge Arts Theatre
April 9 – 14, The Lowry, Salford
April 16 – 21, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
April 23 -28, Theatre Royal, Brighton
May 1 – 5, Grand Opera House, Belfast
May 8 – 12, Richmond Theatre
May 14 – 19, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.