directed by Philip Franks
Chichester Festival Theatre
July / September 2011
In 1974 Terence Rattigan wrote a television script for the BBC about Diaghilev, genius impresario behind the Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, the greatest dancer of all time. He was proud of it, but the film was never produced and the script, withdrawn mysteriously by Rattigan himself, was never published.
Now playwright Nicholas Wright imagines why. In this new play, a dying Rattigan meets Nijinsky's elderly widow Romola to fight over his beloved play. In the same room, and using Rattigan's words, Diaghilev and the young Romola fight over the tormented Nijinsky.
Cast included Jonathan Hyde, Malcolm Sinclair and John Hopkins
" . . . a new play by Nicholas Wright that teems with insights about why the dramatist suppressed the one work in which he looked set to break free from the closeted creative habits of a lifetime."
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