New Partnership with English Touring Theatre

21 Sep 2016

New Partnership with English Touring Theatre

A new flagship partnership between English Touring Theatre and Cast, Doncaster’s landmark theatre, will bring a major revival of Terence Rattigan’s comedy hit French Without Tears (18 – 22 Oct) to South Yorkshire.

The play follows a group of eager young men spending the summer on the French coast learning the local lingo. However, their studies are soon interrupted by arrival of the beautiful Diana Lake.  Now the boys have to learn a whole new language: girls. It seems simple, at first. Kit loves Diana and she loves him… and Bill. Oh, and Alan too, of course. But mischief, mayhem and misplaced affections quickly follow.

Terence Rattigan is one of the most popular English playwrights of the 20th Century, best known for The Deep Blue Sea and The Winslow Boy. French Without Tears was Rattigan’s first smash-hit success and this new English Touring Theatre revival has ran to sold-out audiences at Orange Tree Theatre in London this summer.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful touring companies, widely regarded as England’s national theatre of touring. French Without Tears marks the start of a new 3-year partnership between English Touring Theatre, Cast in Doncaster and eight other venues that aims to bring high quality classic dramas to new audiences across the UK.

Mathew Russell, Cast’s interim Executive Director said: 

'We’re delighted be working with English Touring Theatre to bring more high-quality drama to Doncaster audiences over the next three years. It’s a testament to the ongoing success of Cast that we continue to attract the UK's most high-profile national touring companies and this exciting partnership is a major coup for the theatre.'

Tickets for French Without Tears (18-22 Oct) are on sale, available from Box Office on 10302 303 959 or online here.


For interviews, review tickets or any other requests, please contact:
Rodolfo Barradas
Marketing and communications officer | 01302 303 954

Press Night Tuesday 18 October


English Touring Theatre

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England's national theatre of touring. The company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining.

Orange Tree Theatre

The Orange Tree Theatre is a 168-seat theatre-in-the-round producing a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays. Founded in 1972 by Sam Walters above a pub in Richmond, south-west London and moved to its current premises in a converted Victorian primary school in 1991. Orange Tree Theatre is run by Paul Miller as Artistic Director and Executive Director Sarah Nicholson.


Cast in Doncaster opened its doors in 2013 and has since played host to internationally acclaimed touring companies, coproduced work and the very best in local talent. The state-of-the-art Main Space 620-seat theatre presents a thriving programme of entertainment all year round including music, dance, children's shows, comedy and theatre. As well as the main auditorium, the Second Space within the venue can accommodate up to 400 spectators and features small-scale touring works. The theatre is now enjoying its third year in operation and recent highlights include French company Artonik’s outdoor spectacular The Colour of Time, the world premiere of Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre and a professional in-house produced pantomime, which grows in popularity year on year. 


Cast is funded by Arts Council England and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

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