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1985 Production - "Separate Tables" by Terence Rattigan

13/14/15/16 March 1985

Venue: Gymnasium Bäumlihof, Basel


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.


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