"Separate Tables" by Sir Terence Rattigan
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Separate Tables is the collective name of two one-act plays written by Sir Terence Rattigan, both taking place in the Beauregard Private Hotel, Bournemouth, a seaside town on the south coast of England. The first play, entitled "Table by the Window", focuses on the troubled relationship between a disgraced Labour politician and his ex-wife. The second play, "Table Number Seven", is set about eighteen months after the events of the previous play, and deals with the touching friendship between a repressed spinster and a retired English army officer, Major Pollock. The secondary characters - permanent residents, the hotel's manager, and members of the staff - appear in both plays.

Synopsis (Table by the Window)

Winter at the Beauregard Private Hotel in Bournemouth, England. A a table by the window we see the troubled relationship between a disgraced Labour politician and his ex-wife.

Scene 1: Dining Room. Dinner.
Scene 2: Lounge. After Dinner.
Scene 3: Dining Room. Breakfast.

Synopsis (Table Number Seven)

Summer at the Beauregard Private Hotel in Bournemouth, England. We see a friendship between a repressed spinster and a retired English army officer, Major Pollock.

Scene 1: Lounge. After tea.
Scene 2: Dining Room. Dinner.

Characters

  • "Table by the Window"
    • Mrs. Shankland
    • Mr. Malcolm
  • "Table Number Seven"
    • Miss Railton-Bell
    • Major Pollock
  • both plays
    • Charles Stratton
    • Jean Tanner (later Jean Stratton)
    • Mr. Fowler
    • Miss Cooper
    • Mrs. Railton-Bell
    • Lady Matheson
    • Miss Meacham
    • Mabel
    • Doreen

Production History

This is a list of the productions in which both plays were produced as "Separate Tables". However, for production details on each play, please see the production histories on the specific play pages - links above.

Date Venue Company
Oct 25, 1956 Music Box Theatre
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