Separate Tables

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Nick Hern, 1999 - Drama - 120 pages

Two linked one-act plays set in a run-down residential hotel in Bournemouth.

In the first of the plays, a lonely divorcee tracks down her former husband in order to resume a kind of half-life with him. In the other, a repressed young spinster offers brave moral support to a fake major accused of importuning women in a local cinema.

Terence Rattigan's play Separate Tables was first produced at the St. James's Theatre, London, in September 1954.

In an alternative version, only recently discovered among Rattigan's papers, the major's offence was revealed to be homosexual; these 'alternative' scenes are published here for the first time.

This edition, edited and introduced by Dan Rebellato, includes a biographical sketch and chronology.

'Few dramatists of this century have written with more understanding of the human heart than Terence Rattigan' Michael Billington

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About the author (1999)

Sir Terence Rattigan was one of the most popular English 20th-century dramatists. His first play, First Episode, was produced in 1934; his best-known later works include After the Dance, Flare Path, The Browning Version and The Deep Blue Sea. Many of his plays have been adapted for film, and are frequently revived. He also served as an RAF tail gunner in WWII.

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