- Terence Rattigan's drama about the later years ofT. E. Lawrence, as he sought anonymity. It opened in 1960 at the Haymarketand ran for two years with 762 performances. Alec Guinnesswas highly praised in the title role, winning the Evening StandardBest Actor Award. The critic Caryl Brahms thought the play "fragmentary",but said the actor had "the timing of a histrionic angel, thesweetness from which Guinness is never wholly divorced".
The play begins and ends in a British RAF depot in 1922. Hopingto escape his fame as 'Lawrence of Arabia', Lawrence has enlistedin the ranks under the assumed name of Ross. Eventually another airmanrecognizes him and attempts to blackmail him with the threat of pressexposure. Lawrence rejects his demand for money, and the subsequentpublicity forces him to leave the RAF. Flashbacks are used to presentkey events in Lawrence's earlier career, including the incredibledesert march to capture Akaba, his capture and sexual abuse at thehands of a Turkish official, the deaths of his two beloved bodyguards,and the historic capture of Damascus.