Only Fools and Horses star to feature in Marlowe play

A scene from Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy

Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre is hosting Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama The Winslow Boy.

It features Only Fools and Horses star Tessa Peake-Jones.

The 60-year-old London-born actress played Derek “Del Boy” Trotter’s love interest Raquel Turner in the hit sitcom from 1988.

In the Winslow Boy Peake-Jones, who also performed in the 1999 TV series Births, Marriages, and Deaths, stars alongside Aden Gillet of Holby City and House of Eliot fame.

The play, written in 1946, is set in Edwardian England.

Peake-Jones and Gillet in The Winslow Boy

Having been expelled from the Royal Navy College for stealing a five-shilling postal order, young cadet Ronnie Winslow’s family is ripped apart by the repercussions of this charge.

It fights to clear his name or face social ostracism as the case becomes a national scandal.

The play was inspired by an actual event, which set a legal precedent: the case of Stonyhurst College alumnus George Archer-Shee, a cadet at Osborne in 1908, accused of stealing a postal order from a fellow cadet.

Also starring is Timothy Watson, best known for the role of Rob Titchener in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

The Winslow Boy runs from Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 19 with evening performances at 7.30pm. There are 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday.


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