French Without Tears
French Without Tears is a comic play written by a 25 year old Terence Rattigan in 1936. It takes place in a cram school for adults needing to acquire French for business reasons. The play was a success on its London debut, establishing Rattigan as a dramatist. Critics thought it 'gay, witty, thoroughly contemporary ... with a touch of lovable truth behind all its satire'. It ran for over 1,000 performances in London and over 100 in New York. It also established Rex Harrison as a major star. Scattered throughout are Franglais phrases and schoolboy misunderstandings of the French language.
- "French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan, Kay Hammond & Roland Culver". vam.ac.uk.
- "Terence Rattigan". terencerattigan.co.uk.
- "French without Tears". BFI.
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