Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is a one-act play about an unpopular schoolmaster who, faced with the collapse of his career and marriage, snatches. The Browning Version – A Play in One Act has ratings and 22 reviews. Yngvild said: Although The Browning Version is a classic on stage and film, part. Retiring teacher Andrew Crocker-Harris is also on the verge of divorce.

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The Browning Version ( film) – Wikipedia

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Rattigan extends the screenplay far from his own one-act play, which ends on Crocker-Harris’s tearful reaction to Taplow’s gift.

And by the end, the playwright’s message is clear: I mean I didn’t understand the purpose of writing it and when I got to know it was somewhat based on Agamemnon. After one meets the Crock, however, one starts to understand her marital predicament.

Instead it hints at a future less bleak than we might have suspected. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stab at the modern Clytemnestra and see her kill her husband with a word. He pities the man, somehow clued into his demise as a classical scholar. I can see now that the film took quite a few liberties with the play, but in a good way, drawing out the emotional undercurrents of the characters.

If you cannot, find this play in print, look for the browninh recent film adaptation; it too is an invaluable piece of art.


Terence Rattigan was and is not popular amongst the professional critics, but he remains hugely popular with audiences and actors. Heart-rending stuff and brilliant. The play ends exactly as it should, with no attempt to tie up all the loose ends. The tfrence was subsequently made bdowning two film versions, and at least four television adaptations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Browning Version is a regular offering at regional playhouses. It was premiered in a double-bill with the one-act farce Harlequinade under the joint title Playbill at the Phoenix Theatre, London, on 8 September Jan 28, Karen S rated it really liked it.

The Browning Version (play) – Wikipedia

He feels that he has betrayed his calling as teacher and husband, but the story does not end in absolute bleakness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is what makes his plays so enjoyable. Andrew Crocker-Harris is driven out of his teaching post at an English public school by health issues, and is to be faced with a lower-paying post, but not before having “found a substitute for popularity.

To himself, he is a disappointment and failure, and this is the story of his This is a wonderful play by brownung British writer who is practically forgotten about.

The Browning Version – A Play in One Act

Works by Terence Rattigan. Retrieved 31 October — via National Library of Australia. This has long been one of my favourites so I was delighted when the BBC revived it as part of their Rattigan season to mark the th anniversary of the author’s birth. This is a wonderful drama – kind of a Dead Poets Society where the drama is much more subtle and real. This page was last edited on 9 Augustat This is particularly the case with hungry brownning once vital, stultified by the hard, rigid roles we’re bestowed in the professional world — those morphed into seemingly unexplainable models not of virtue exactly, but of virtue’s amalgamation with concessions to obligation.

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The Browning Version was a really very interesting play. After all, the impression he gives is that of only mild surprise at being referred to as ‘the Himmler of the lower fifth’.

And second, for those up to the challenge of vereion an ancient language, I need to teach Latin in such a way that my students can ultimately read it, and read it well. She no longer loves him but rather loves Frank Hunter, another teacher, yet despite having an affair with him she knows he is not in love with her.