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Quartermaine's Terms - 2013 - West End

Quartermaine's Terms takes place over a period of two years in the 1960s in the staffroom at a Cambridge school for teaching English to foreigners. It deals with the interrelationship between seven teachers at the school in particular that between St John (pronounced 'Sinjon') Quartermaine and the others. St John is a kind-hearted and agreeable person always willing to listen to the other teacher's woes, but is pretty hopeless as a teacher himself. The appointment of a new Principal casts doubt on Quartermain's future.



Exploring the theme of loneliness, during the course of the play the characters experience the trauma of being or feeling alone. Mark has marriage trouble; Derek, from Hull, finds Cambridge initially unwelcoming; Eddie faces bereavement; Anita’s husband is a philanderer; Henry is trapped in a dysfunctional nuclear family and Melanie is similarly trapped caring for a Mother who she despises. Quartermaine is a painfully lonely bachelor with seemingly no friends or hinterland other than his colleagues at the school.



Quartermaine’s Terms is a quintessentially British play and Simon Gray pokes gentle fun at the British penchant for “muddling through” and “not complaining” – coupled with a tendency not to take firm action when necessary. The verbal style is characteristically British with form and euphemism dominant and with real issues constantly being ducked out of politeness. When clouded signals are offered (especially signals that suggest a character needs help) they are so obscure that it is possible for others to ignore them – and they usually do.

Schedule

Wyndham's Theatre

(London, )
(Leicester Square) Charing Cross Road
London,


 

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by BWW News Desk - January 23, 2013
Rowan Atkinson will be joined by Conleth Hill, Will Keen, Felicity Montagu and Malcolm Sinclair in the first major West End revival of Simon Gray's play ‘Quartermaine's Terms', from tonight, 23 January 2013 at Wyndham's Theatre, London.
by BWW News Desk - September 7, 2012
Rowan Atkinson will be joined by Conleth Hill, Will Keen, Felicity Montagu and Malcolm Sinclair in the first major West End revival of Simon Gray's play 'Quartermaine's Terms', from 23 January 2013 at Wyndham's Theatre, London.
by BWW News Desk - June 7, 2012
According to the Daily Mail, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is set to star in Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms at Wyndham's Theatre. The show will go on a short tour before opening at Wyndham's on Jan. 23.