A REVIVAL of the popular 1930s play French Without Tears comes to Malvern Theatres later this month.

Terence Rattigan's comedy is set on the French Riviera where a group of young gentlemen are attempting to learn French.

Unfortunately, the Riviera has so many more interesting things to offer than lessons in French grammar and syntax and the students are more interested in learning about romance and the art of seduction. It is a play that pokes fun at the Englishman abroad and the Englishman in love.

Director Paul Miller said the play, a light-hearted frivolous comedy that made Rattigan's name, had a fresh, new feel that was down to the cast of young "highly talented" actors.

"I'm thrilled to be working with these stars of the future," he said.

The cast includes Jenna Harrison, fresh out of the West End play Night of the Iguana, and Terrence Hardiman, better known to television viewers as The Demon Headmaster.

The production, by the award-winning English Touring Theatre, is in Malvern as part of a national tour. It will be at the Festival Theatre from Tuesday, February 20, until Saturday, February 24.

Tickets are £14-£22 on 10684 892277.