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JOSEPH FIENNES

MICHAEL FEAST | PAUL FREEMAN | PETER POLYCARPOU

Ross

by TERENCE RATTIGAN

Festival Theatre

Overview

 

Joseph Fiennes gives a subtle and charismatic performance that flows with the ease and grace of Lawrence’s robes and it is fascinating. I cannot see how anyone could fail to be moved. Riveting

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Sunday Times

'From now on Captain precious Lawrence of the Arab Bureau is entirely on his own.’

Arrogant, flippant, withdrawn and with a talent for self-concealment, the mysterious Aircraftman Ross seems an odd recruit for the Royal Air Force. In fact the truth is even stranger than the man himself. Firstly, he’s not officially part of the military at all, and secondly he’s certainly not called Ross.

Behind the false name is an enigma, who started as a civilian in the Map Office in 1914. Despite never receiving an official commission he went on to mastermind some of the most audacious military victories in the history of the British Army, including the 1916 Arab Revolt against the Turks. These victories earned him an enduring and romantic nom de guerre: Lawrence of Arabia.

Terence Rattigan’s 1960 play is an epic and probing drama, which reveals the unusual and deeply conflicted Englishman behind the heroic legend.

Former RSC Artistic Director, Adrian Noble, makes his Chichester Festival debut with this new production. His acclaimed productions include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden in the West End.

Joseph Fiennes returns to Chichester to play the warrior T. E. Lawrence, following his appearance as Cyrano de Bergerac (2009). His film appearances include William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love and Sir Robert Dudley in Elizabeth.

Reviews

 

Joseph Fiennes gives a subtle and charismatic performance that flows with the ease and grace of Lawrence’s robes and it is fascinating. I cannot see how anyone could fail to be moved. Riveting

Times
 

This ranks as essential viewing

Daily Telegraph
 

The cast are remarkable, with nuanced performances from Paul Freeman as General Allenby and Michael Feast as the wily Turkish governor. Joseph Fiennes is revelatory as the mercurial, troubled Lawrence. The actors and the director, Adrian Noble, make this a grippingly watchable production

Sunday Times

Handsomely revived by Adrian Noble

Guardian

Rattigan revival features an outstanding performance from Joseph Fiennes as TE Lawrence

Financial Times

Fiennes is in fine form as Lawrence

Metro

Cast & Creatives

Cast

Creative Team

Adrian Noble

Director

William Dudley

Designer

Paul Pyant

Lighting Designer

Mia Soteriou

Music

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director

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Running Time
approx 3 hours including the interval