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The Winslow Boy - Aden Gillett and Tessa Peake-Jones star at Richmond Theatre and on tour

Aden Gillett

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ADEN Gillett and Tessa Peake-Jones will star in the 2018 UK tour of Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama, The Winslow Boy. Directed by Olivier Award-nominated Rachel Kavanaugh, it will visit Richmond Theatre from May 8 to May 12.

Having been expelled from the Royal Navy College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s entire family are pulled apart by the repercussions of this charge. Set against the values of 1910 Edwardian London, the Winslow family fight to clear his name or face social ostracism as the case becomes a national scandal.

Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time.

The 1946 play became one of Rattigan’s best known and most loved works and has enjoyed several high-profile revivals, both in the West End and on Broadway. It was turned into a feature film in 1948, directed by Anthony Asquith, and again in 1999 by David Mamet. The play won the Ellen Terry Award for Best New Play and, on its US premiere at the Empire Theatre in October 1947, received the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

Aden Gillett plays Arthur Winslow in the new touring production, having appeared in the 1999 David Mamet directed big screen version as John Waterstone. Other film credits include The Borrowers, Collusion, Under the Lighthouse Dancing, Shadow of the Vampire and Tula, The Revolt. Forthcoming films include The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Piers Brosnan and A Caribbean Dream where he plays Theseus in a beautiful modern reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On television, Gillett is best-known for his depiction of Jack Maddock in The House of Eliott, alongside starring performances in Silks, Pollyanna, Vera, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Innocents, The Queen’s Sister, Ivanhoe, Holby City, The Harry Enfield Show, The Impressionists and The Tenth Kingdom.

Gillett’s theatre credits include R and D (Hampstead Theatre), ORCA (Southwark Playhouse), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Noises Off (National Theatre), Accolade (Finborough Theatre) and An Inspector Calls (Royale Theatre, Broadway); plus West End performances in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Blithe Spirt (Savoy Theatre) and Betrayal (Duchess Theatre).

Tessa Peake-Jones appears as Grace Winslow. Now well-known as ‘Mrs Maguire’ in ITV1’s Grantchester, her long, varied career includes Unforgotten, Marchlands, Doctor Who, Legacy and, most famously, playing ‘Raquel’ in Only Fools and Horses – a role she delighted the nation in for 15 years.

Tessa Peake-Jones

Her extensive theatre credits include Beacons (Park Theatre), Home, Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre), Park Avenue Cat (Arts Theatre), The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder (National Theatre), Shirley Valentine (Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke), The Park, Hamlet, A Comedy Of Errors (RSC), Pride and Prejudice (Leicester Haymarket/Old Vic), The Misanthrope, The Vortex, The Beaux’ Stratagem (Cambridge Theatre Company) and Ring Around The Moon (Bristol Old Vic).

Rachel Kavanaugh’s recent work includes A Christmas Carol (RSC), The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Oklahoma! (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall), Half a Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park – Best Musical Revival Olivier Award Nomination).

Further casting will be annouced in due course.

Presented by Mark Goucher and Gavin Kalin, the 2018 tour of The Winslow Boy opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 8, before continuing to Bath Theatre Royal, Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Salford Lowry, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal, Belfast Grand Opera House, Richmond Theatre and Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre.