The brilliant 22nd year revival of Simon Gray’s play Quartermaine’s Terms has only got another four weeks at the Duchess Theatre, so people haven’t got long to catch a performance.
Starring Rowan Atkinson – on stage for the first time in 25 years – this hilarious production has been wowing audiences in London since it opened up on January 23rd.
Set in the 1960s, the story centres around Atkinson’s character St John Quartermaine who is a pleasant and perfectly decent man who is an utterly hopeless teacher in an English Language school for foreign people.
Part of the furniture, Quartermaine can be found in the staff room listening to the woes of his colleagues and there are many of those.
Mark has marriage trouble, Derek finds Cambridge unwelcoming having originated in Hull, Eddie faces bereavement, Anita’s husband is a philanderer, Henry is trapped in a dysfunctional family and Melanie is forced to care for a mother that she despises.
An ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers, this quintessentially British drama could be the perfect accompaniment to a weekend spent in one of the many luxury suites in London.
Time Out London describes the show: “It’s a poignant, funny, meticulous portrait of slightly disappointed English lives. Atkinson is quietly excellent: there’s no arsing around with a keyboard here, just serious, subtle acting and plenty of it.”
Visitors to the city will be able to get their hands on tickets for one of the performances – running until April 13th – from as little as £28, while the most expensive seating will cost £108.
With Leicester Square Tube stop just around the corner from the theatre, getting to the venue for a performance shouldn’t be too arduous a task.