While the Sun Shines

While the Sun Shines

Orange Tree Theatre · 07 JUN - 27 JUL

London in the Blitz, and identities get confused: time to make hay...


I’ll tell you but you won’t believe me. I slept in the same bed with an earl... No, not a girl, stupid, an earl.

On the eve of his wedding, the young Earl of Harpenden – Bobby to his friends – has offered his room to Joe, an American soldier he drunkenly met the night before. When Bobby’s fiancée Lady Elizabeth turns up, Joe makes a move, thinking she must be Bobby’s ex, the wonderful Mabel Crum. But a Free French lieutenant also has eyes for her... And to complicate matters, Bobby’s future father in law turns up too.

The first major London revival of this delectably charming comedy in decades. Rattigan’s greatest hit played for over 1,000 performances in the West End when it opened in 1943.

Critic reviews

A trivial but undeniably enjoyable evening


Rattigan’s classic farce is still full of fizz and fun

Evening Standard

Paul Miller directs with a deft touch


A brilliantly funny cast lights up Terence Rattigan’s wartime farce

The Stage

This revived wartime Terence Rattigan hit is a bit of frothy fun

Time Out

An enjoyable and entertaining evening

The Upcoming

Dorothea Myer-Bennett's Mabel communicates an innate sense of self that carries all before it

The Arts desk

This risqué 1943 Rattigan comedy would amount to good frothy fun if only the jokes weren’t so deadening

The Times

Superb performances power the ingeniously plotted story of a young earl’s marriage to the daughter of an impoverished duke

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 7 Jun - Sat 27 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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1 Clarence Street Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SA London, UK · Get Directions
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