their spring production in 2013 at the Charles Cryer, Chase Theatre
Company has chosen Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece, ‘Separate Tables’
which demonstrates his sublime art of characterisation. Set in a
Table No. 1, An ex-Junior Minister 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.
Table No. 2, A bogus army Major without the background and education he
claims and a neurotic young woman (with a ruthless domineering mother)
find solace in each others company. A sordid scandal threatens to
drive them apart but when all seems lost Miss Cooper comes to the rescue.
some original script found in Rattigan’s flat quite recently, it is
widely thought now that the lewd incident in the original stage play and
screen which involved women should in fact have been the subject of men
and homosexuality. Chase have chosen this new found version as being the
one the author would have preferred had it not been illegal at the time.
In the film adaptation, and subsequent stage revivals the lewd incident
involved was a woman and the latter version unlikely to have been put
forward as the notion of homosexuality being considered would have been
too much for 1950’s taste.
Tickets from £9 available from the Sutton theatres website and box
office 020 8770 6990. Performances 12-16 March. 7.30pm (2.30pm Mat)