1985 Production - "Separate Tables" by Terence Rattigan
Separate Tables (Terence Rattigan)
Cast of Characters:
Doreen Richter as Miss Meacham
Chris Widmer as Mr Charles Stratton
Cynthia Baer as Doreen, a waitress
Lesley Stockreisser as Miss Sibyl Railton-Bell
Diana Zuger as Mrs Anne Shankland
Graham Simons as Mr John Malcolm
Bob Billington as Major Pollock
Barbara Clark as Miss Cooper
Molly Arnold as Mabel, a waitress
Joan Kuster as Lady Matheson
Muriel Taylor as Mrs Railton-Bell
Bryan Taylor as Mr Fowler
Caroline Taylor as Miss Jean Tanner
Director: Richard Levitt
Assistant Director: Ruth Meier
Stage Manager: Peter Nixon
Production Managers: Andreas Kilian and Sheila Nixon
Separate Tables was probably Rattigan’s finest work and demonstrates his art of characterisation. It consists of two plays set in the dining-room and lounge of a private genteel hotel in Bournemouth, in which the residents are obliged to take meals at individual tables, symbolising the isolation of the individuals. All characters apart from 3 transients live permanently at the hotel. Except for the two leads in each, the same characters appear in both.
In Table No. 1, a down-at-heels journalist is confronted by his ex-wife, a former model who provoked him to a violent act that sent him to prison and ruined him. Still loving each other, they nevertheless go through another terrible scene and it is the hotel manager, Miss Cooper, who finds a way to repair their broken lives.
In Table No. 2, a bogus army Major without the background and education he claims and a neurotic girl with a ruthless domineering mother are attracted to each other. A sordid scandal threatens to drive them apart, but when all seems lost Miss Cooper comes to the rescue.