Winslow Boy returns to Playhouse after 74 years

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The Hobart Repertory Theatre Society is reviving the timeless drama ‘The Winslow Boy’ at The Playhouse Theatre in June 2023.

Set in London circa 1910, this intriguing play is based on the true events surrounding the expulsion of a 13-year- old naval cadet for stealing.

The audience follows the boy’s family’s two- year battle to clear his name. The play cleverly weaves family life, politics, romance and the social media of the day into the gripping legal story.

The play was last performed by Hobart Repertory back in 1949. On that occasion, the title role of Ronnie Winslow was played by a teenaged Alan Hopgood, who went on to professional fame as an actor and playwright. Hopgood died in 2022, so it is only fitting that Rep is restaging ‘The Winslow Boy’ in 2023 to honour his contributions to stage and screen.

In 2023, the role of Ronnie is being shared by talented local actors Zac Forey and Stella Wesseldine – dubbed by the rest of the cast as “The Two Ronnies”.

Director Meredith McQueen has long held a desire to bring a production of ‘The Winslow Boy’ to the Hobart stage.

“The playwright Terence Rattigan was a master dramatist whose work has often been unfairly overlooked,” she says.

“He had a great talent for bringing us diverse characters who generate a range of emotions in the onlooker.

“Basically, he told a rollickingly good story that is still very relevant and will engage audiences throughout”.

This Hobart Rep production is also a fine example of true community theatre. A team of keen assistants have helped to construct an Edwardian drawing room set and sew the period costumes. The casting has called for a group of actors ranging in age from 13 to 72. And there is the bonus of a delightful cameo performance by Icelandic actor Sigrun Osk Johannesdottir!

‘The Winslow Boy’ will have 12 performances from 9 – 24 June, including matinees on 18 and 24 June. Tickets are $36- $45 and are available at the theatre’s box office in Bathurst Street and at via playhouse.org.au

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