One of the (many) headline-grabbing productions at the 2011 Chichester Festival was the coupling of Sir Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version with David Hare's new companion piece, South Downs - two tales of life in English boarding schools.
With another eye-catching couple taking on the lead roles, in Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell, the double bill earned a transfer to London.
Rattigan's The Browning Version is considered a one-act classic, the tale of a retiring (and loathed) Classics master Mr Crocker-Harris and his unexpected epiphany following a pupil's act of kindness. Hare's new work is set at Lancing College in Sussex, where a prodigiously talented pupil is cut off from the rest of the school, causing him to question the value of the gifts he has. Another boy's mother provides him with an uplifting perspective.
In Chancellor and Farrell, the double-header has two of the stage's most recognisable actors; Anna Chancellor from her roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and, more recently, the BBC drama The Hour, and Nicholas Farrell from Chariots of Fire and countless TV roles including Spooks and Midsomer Murders.
South Downs and The Browning Version will be playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Thursday 19th April until Saturday 21st July 2012. There are matinée shows on Thursday and Saturday and no Sunday performances.
We have tickets for the best stalls seats available now, priced £49.50.
The double-bill replaces Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, starring Kara Tointon, which runs until Saturday 14th April.