by TERENCE RATTIGAN
Based on the true case of Alma Rattenbury who, in 1935, was charged, together with her 18-year-old lover Woods, with the murder of her 3rd husband, the renowned architect, Francis Rattenbury.
The trial at the Old Bailey created a sensation at the time, with the public screaming for vengeance on this scarlet woman who was judged more for the crime of being a female with a sex drive, than for the bludgeoning her husband to death with a mallet....
Nothing new about ugly media feeding frenzies!
It was the first double trial in legal history where the defendants tried to exonerate each other and take all the blame onto themselves and both continued to declare their love for each other to the very end..
Rattigan's last play is skilful in making us care about and even admire a woman who we are initially invited to view as a manipulative and immoral cradle-snatcher, but who we come to recognise as truly noble generous of spirit.
CHARACTERS (descriptions and audition pieces to follow)
ALMA RATTENBURY :
CLERK OF THE COURT