Separate Tables

by Terence Rattigan

directed by Graham Buchanan

Performed at

The Nuffield Theatre


30th March to 3rd April 1982

Terence Rattigan

Terence Rattigan was born in London, on June 10, 1911, the son of a diplomat. He went to Oxford with a history scholarship to prepare himself for the diplomatic service, but his early interest in the theatre soon reengaged him completely. He joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society and played a small part in a production of Romeo and Juliet staged by John Gielgud. His first play, First Episode,written in collaboration with Philip Heimann, was performed in London in 1933. It failed, but Rattigan left Oxford determined to become a professional dramatist.

Within the next two years he wrote five plays, none of which was produced. Then, in 1936, his farcical comedy French Without Tears was staged. It enjoyed an immediate success and one of the longest runs in British theatrical history. His next three plays failed, however.

During World War II, Rattigan served as an air gunner in the Royal Air Force, from 1940 to 1945. His romantic drama Flare Path was successfully produced in 1942. This was followed by the comedy While the Sun Shines, in 1943, and the popular hit Love in Idleness (O Mistress Mine) in 1944. But not until 1946, with the Winslow Boy did Rattigan convince the critics that he merited serious attention. A popular success, the play won the Ellen Terry Award in London; and when it was produced in New York the following year, the New York Drama Critics Circle acclaimed it the best foreign play of the year. Rattigan again received the Ellen Terry Award in 1948, for The Browning Version. The Deep Blue Sea (1952) had a modest reception from public and critics alike, but Separate Tables was the biggest hit of the London season in 1954-1955 and was successfully produced in New York in 1956.

Rattigan has also written several original film scenarios as well as the screen versions of The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, and The Prince and the Showgirl (from his own play The Sleeping Prince).

Table By The Window

Cast (in order of speaking)
Mabel Philippa Taylor
Lady Matheson Ann Dalgleish
Mrs. Railton-Bell Avril Woodward
Miss Meacham Chris Baker
Doreen Jenni Watson
Mr. Fowler Douglas Coates
Mrs. Shankland Mollie. Manns
Miss Cooper Sheena Carrington
Mr. Malcolm David Pike
Mr. Stratton Ken Hann
Miss Tanner Angela Stansbridge

Table Number Seven

Cast (in order of speaking)
Mrs. Stratton Angela Stansbridge
Mr. Stratton Ken Hann
Major Pollock Ken Spencer
Mr. Fowler Douglas Coates
Miss Cooper Sheena Caprington
Mrs. Railton-Bell Avril Woodward
Miss Railton-Bell Lynda Edwards
Lady Matheson Ann Dalgliesh
Miss Meacham Chris Baker
Mabel Philippa Taylor
Doreen Jenni Watson


For the Maskers:
Directed by Graham Buchanan
Stage Management Mike Patterson
Properties and Furniture Joy Wingfield (Co-ordinator), Allison Heys, Tamar Thomas, Ann Archer, Margaret House, Valerie Barwell, Sue Parkes
Lighting Design Derek Jones
Assisted by Greg Head
Lighting Mike McDermid, Clive Weeks
Wardrobe Gill Buchanan, Chris Baker, Philippa Taylor, Kay Hann, Julia Patterson, Lillian Gunstone
Set Construction Ken Spencer, Alan Baker, Alan Watson, Geoff Wharam
Sound Chris Jones
Stage Crew Sarah Buchanan, Simon Waller, Tim Williams, John Carrington, Roger Lockett, Keith Hooper, Ivan White, Geoff Wharam, Ron Tillyer


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