By Charles Spencer. This is a great and wonderful revelation. Business was initially brisk but as war drew ever nearer, audiences dwindled and the show closed after 60 performances. Like those later masterpieces, After the Dance is a study of the inequality of love, and the British habit of repressing emotion.
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It was not one of Rattigan's more successful plays, closing after only sixty performances,  a failure that led to its exclusion from his first volume of Collected Plays. However, the revival of the play was a commercial and critical success with The Guardian 's theatre critic Michael Billington stating that Thea Sharrock 's production starring Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed that Rattigan is one of the "supreme dramatists of the 20th century".
David and Joan Scott-Fowler were ' bright young things ' of the s, whose ambition is to treat everything as trivia and to live lives of pure sensation. They always maintained that they married for amusement and not for love. However, Helen Banner, a serious young woman, has fallen in love with David and is determined to change his lifestyle, free him from Joan, stop him from drinking and re-awaken the serious historian in him.
Unfortunately, Joan does indeed love David very deeply and is trapped by her posture of carelessness. At a party they are holding, Joan is bruised by the clash between private agony and public joy and she kills herself. The characters are shattered by the revelation and even though David and Helen plan to get away from this life, the play ends with a clear sign that David will continue as he did.
It was revived by the Oxford Stage Company in According to The Guardian 's theatre critic Michael Billington , reviewing Sharrock's production, the play confirms Rattigan as one of the "supreme dramatists of the 20th century". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the song by Marvin Gaye , see After the Dance song. New Statesman. Daily Telegraph. The Guardian.
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After the Dance
The original run was cut short by the Second World War, but the tension of the coming storm can be seen clearly throughout. The plot of After The Dance is heavily contrived and predictable, and yet this seems only to add to the excitement felt as we experience it. David and Joan Scott-Fowler, played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Nancy Carroll respectively, are of an age that remembers the first war but were not old enough to partake in any action. Throughout, we see a generation that has lost touch with reality and live in a fantasy world, only caring for themselves. As today, we see people who have not experienced war and yet seem to be running the country, becoming complacent and not understand the damage they are doing as we hurtle headlong towards what is inevitably a tragic ending.
After the Dance at the National Theatre, review
All rights whatsoever in this play are strictly reserved and application for performance etc. No performance may be given unless a licence has been obtained. David Scott-Fowler is a successful writer who revels in his hard-drinking and hard-partying lifestyle. He and his wife Joan are still clinging to their Twenties heydays, and are joined in their plush flat by parasitic lodger, John. However, not everyone is convinced by their constant jollities. As a result, Joan, unable to wrestle her husband back, throws herself off the balcony during one of their parties.
“After The Dance” by Terence Rattigan