The Winslow Boy

Definition

Theater

  • A play by Terence Rattigan, first performed in Londonin 1946, when it won the Ellen Terry Award as best play of the year;it moved to Broadway the following year to take the New York DramaCritics' circle Award as best foreign play.

    The story concerns the young naval cadet Ronnie Winslow, whois expelled from college for stealing a postal order. Rattigan's play,which concentrates on the struggles and sacrifices of the boy's fatherin his campaign to clear Ronnie's name, was based on the true caseof George Archer-Shee, who was expelled from Osborne Naval Collegeon the Isle of Wight in 1908 after being accused of petty theft. Thecadet's father engaged the famous barrister Sir Edward Carson to representhis son in suing the Admiralty. The case ended with George Archer-Sheereceiving £7000 in compensation. He was killedat Ypres in World War I.

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