Who Is Sylvia?

by  Terence Rattigan

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 5f

Obsessed with a girl called Sylvia, whom he met just once at a garden party when he was 17, Mark makes a habit of pursuing physically identical girls for the rest of his life - despite having a wife and growing son. We meet him - and Oscar, his fello…

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    6m, 5f
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    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Obsessed with a girl called Sylvia, whom he met just once at a garden party when he was 17, Mark makes a habit of pursuing physically identical girls for the rest of his life - despite having a wife and growing son. We meet him - and Oscar, his fellow philanderer - in 1917, again in 1929, and finally in 1950, each time in thrall to a different but identical "Sylvia" ... In Who Is Sylvia?, which premiered in the West End in 1950, where it ran for over a year, Rattigan seems to be offering a bittersweet portrayal of his father - and maybe of his own frustrated love life. Contained in a volume with Duologue.
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  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

6m, 5f
Mark, 35, then 47, then 68.
Williams, a manservant.
Daphne, early 20s.
Sidney, late teens.
Ethel, a very vivid lady.
Oscar, three years older than Mark.
Bubbles, a young lady.
Nora, played by the same actress who
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Terence Rattigan

(1911–1977) Born in London on the 10th June 1911, Terence Rattigan was educated at Harrow (Scholar) from 1925 to 1930 and Trinity College, Oxford (History Scholarship) BA to 1933. He served as a flight Lieutenant in the Central Command, RAF from 1940 to 1945. In 1934 he had become a full-time playwright. His many su ...

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