New Jersey Stage

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey closes 2011 Play Reading Series with Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy

(MADISON, NJ) -— The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey concludes its 2011 Lend Us Your Ears play reading series with The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan.  The reading will be held on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 pm at the Shakespeare Theatre's Main Stage, the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.   Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 for students.  For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit 

Lend Us Your Ears provides patrons the opportunity to join the Shakespeare Theatre's directors, actors and artistic staff in exploring diverse and exciting plays.  This script-in-hand reading will feature members of The Shakespeare Theatre's esteemed company of actors as well as prestigious guest artists, and will begin with background information about the play.   Following the reading will be a talk-back session with the director, cast and audience which provides valuable feedback on the play and its potential for future production.   

The Winslow Boy, which premiered on Broadway in 1947 and was made into a film in 1948, is inspired by an actual event involving a young English cadet accused of theft.  In Rattigan's intriguing and compelling play, in which he quotes from actual court transcripts, Ronnie Winslow's parents and sister are convinced of his innocence, and with the help of one most famous barristers in England, they fight for their family honor against the strict codes of conduct of the Osborne Navel College and the government.  

Rattigan is the author and screenwriter of the plays and the film versions of The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea, and the Academy Award-winning Separate Tables.  He also co-wrote or wrote several original screenplays as well as screenplays based on other author's material including The Yellow Rolls-Royce and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Sir Terence Rattigan was knighted in 1971 and would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2011.

The Winslow Boy reading will be Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.  A question and answer session with the audience and the cast will follow the reading. 

Tickets for the reading series are $15 each for adults; student tickets are $10 each. For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit or email

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free.

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors.   Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available.   Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described.  Contact the theatre for more information.   For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare's canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.