While the Sun Shines (play)

While the Sun Shines is a comedy play by the British writer Terence Rattigan which was first staged in 1943. It was a popular success, running for 1,154 performances, even more than Rattigan's previous hit French Without Tears.[1]


The action takes place in an apartment at The Albany where the wealthy Earl of Harpenden, serving in wartime as an ordinary seaman, is about to marry his long-standing fiancée. Complications are caused by the arrival of two rival suitors an American airman and a Free French officer, Harpenden's prospective father-in-law and an old girlfriend.


In 1947 the play was turned into a film of the same title directed by Anthony Asquith, a frequent collaborator with Rattigan on various film projects.


  1. Taylor p.150


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