South Downs and The Browning Version

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London

The critically acclaimed double-bill production of David Hare's South Downs and Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version transfers from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Harold Pinter with a cast led by Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell.

Set at Hare and Rattigan's childhood schools - Harrow and Lancing College - the two plays examine life in boarding public schools, one through the eyes of a master the other from the point of view of a schoolboy. Both revolve around unexpected acts of kindness, which place the harsh and at times cruel worlds of these schools into stark contrast.

In South Downs a pin sharp young pupil is isolated from his fellow pupils due to his intelligence, background and questioning spirit. The school does nothing to allay his problems, their unmercifully rigid response leaving him just as alone and isolated. It's only through a chance meeting with another pupil's mother that he begins to find a way through his difficulties.

Rattigan's The Browning Version on the other hand looks at boarding school life through the eyes of a retiring Classics master. Mr Crocker-Harris is tired, dried up and an abhorred tyrant of a teacher. Stuck in a stagnant marriage and facing the prospect of a retirement with little money, it's only when a pupil shows him a simple act of generosity that his deep felt emotions surface.

Anna Chancellor, equally renowned for her performances on both stage and screen, plays the generously spirited Belinda Duffield in South Downs and the deceitful Millie Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version. Whilst Nicholas Farrell, who recently played Airey Neave in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, plays Reverend Eric Dewley in South Downs and Andrew Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version.


Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Anna Chancellor, Nicholas Farrell, Jonathan Bailey, Bradley Hall, Rob Heaps, Liam Morton, Mark Humbers, Andrew Woodall, Amanda Fairbank-Hynes

author: South Downs: David Hare, The Browning Version: Terence Rattigan

director: South Downs: Jeremy Herrin, The Browning Version: Angus Jackson

music by: Paul Englishby

designer: Tom Scutt

lighting designer: Bruno Poet

sound: Ian Dickinson for Autograph

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 2h20
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4DN

  • Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus (225m)
  • Nearest bus: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453
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  • Parking:

    50% off parking at Q-Park Trafalgar, just 6 minutes from the theatre.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

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  • How to book: Tel: 0871 297 5477 Fax: 020 8544 7488
  • Discounts: Discounts vary according to production. Concessions may be available (Please enquire at time of booking).
  • Limited mobility: Row A and seats N1, N21, L1, L21, D1, D22 in the stalls and Boxes C & D have the most leg room.
  • Access description: Level access from street to Dress circle via ramp at the entrance and level platform to seats.2 steps up to double doors opening into the foyer. All stairs are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. No steps from the foyer to the back of the Dress Circle (2 steps between rows). 24 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 23 steps up from the foyer to the Royal Circle (with 2 steep steps between rows) and 50 steps up to the Balcony.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with 6 headsets. Headsets available from the Duty Manager. You will be asked to leave a credit card or a £10 deposit. Portable loop available in Box Office.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at the Comedy Theatre. They can stay with you during the performances, however, you must inform the Box Office when booking your tickets and a seat on the aisle can be reserved for you. Alternatively, a member of staff will care for your dog during the performance.
  • Wheelchairs: 4 wheelchair spaces in Dress Circle. 2 transfer seats in E5 and E17
  • Toilets: There is no adapted toilet. It may be possible to use the toilet on the left-hand side of the auditorium, down 6 steps via a ramp and through 2 doorways, approx. 64cm wide. Women’s and men’s at Stalls, Royal Circle and Balcony. Please note, the men's toilet on the Royal Circle level is only accessible via 13 steps up from the Royal Circle Bar.
  • Disabled toilets: No adapted toilet.
  • Bars: 3 licensed bars. No steps from the back of the Dress Circle to the foyer bar (no seating). Drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. More bars at the rear of the Stalls, at Royal Circle and at Balcony.