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Sedos bring Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance to Bridewell Theatre

After the Dance

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS are presenting a new production of Terence Rattigan’s acclaimed drama, After the Dance, at the Bridewell Theatre – from April 9 to April 13, 2019.

After the Dance is described as an hilarious, heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful play. Despite being a critical success when it premiered in 1938, the looming declaration of war meant it was quickly forgotten until a 2010 revival at the National Theatre brought it back to prominence.

It’s the bright young things all over again, except they were never bright and now they’re not even young.

Written as an attack on the hedonistic lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s and 30s, the play’s action takes place on the eve of the Second World War in the drawing-room of the Scott-Fowlers’ flat in Mayfair, a fashionable part of London.

The play focuses on David Scott-Fowler and his wife Joan who revel in their hard-drinking, hard-partying lifestyle and maintain they married for amusement and not for love. When a third figure comes into the equation, the couple have to face the truth of their lives, with disastrous consequence.

This forgotten masterpiece combines a dynamic cast and clean and simple design with Rattigan’s timeless script. Director Jon Foster’s vision “mixes elements of tragedy with savage humour, bringing fully rounded characters to life to examine the themes that make us all human: love, ageing, fear of the unknown and the capacity for people to change”.

The cast includes Liz Flint (as Joan), Dom Ward (David), Chris de Pury (John), James Cross (Peter), Hannah Brooks (Helen), Will Howells (Williams), Josh Mallalieh (George), Sarah Beebe (Julia), Ben Stroud (Cyril), Sophie King (Moya), Ollie Milner (Lawrence), David Pearson (Arthur) and Mariam Rasekh (Miss Potter).

After the Dance is directed by Jon Foster and has set design by Peter Foster, with costume design by Natalie Walker and lighting and sound design by Will Carne. Assistant director is Chloe Baker.

Tickets: £11.50 – £20. To book, visit

Times: Evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.