But they manage, in time, to grope their way to love. Kay Walsh was originally scheduled to star alongside Eric Porter, but she left prior to the pre-west end try-out in Liverpool due to 'artistic differances' and was replaced by Margaret Leighton. Both Peter Bowles, all blazered, cavalry-twilled insecurity, and Patricia Hodge, exuding fear of life as the hotel-dragon's mousy daughter, rise to the occasion. "If the first play in this double bill, set in a Bournemouth private hotel, traditionally works less well, it is because Terrance Rattigan strives for an optimism the situation doesn't justify...having expertly diagnosed the disease of mismatched passion, Terrance Rattigan provides too instant a cure. The cast for Table Number Seven stars John Mills as 'Major Pollock' and Jill Bennett as 'Miss Railton-Bell'. For me, so far, it is the standout of the Terence Rattigan Collection, which if you love Rattigan is an essential buy.Production values are handsome if kept simple rather than nothing too fancy or drab. EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? Separate Tables is a 1958 American drama film starring Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, and Wendy Hiller, based on two one-act plays by Terence Rattigan that were collectively known by this name. Directed by Peter Hall with designs by Carl Toms and lighting by Alan Burrett. Was this review helpful to you? Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! Separate Tables Synopsis: It's the off-season at the lonely Beauregard Hotel in Bournemoth, and only the long-term tenants are still in residence. The St James' Theatre was a 1,200-seat theatre located in King Street in St James's, London. He is a phoney major who has been convicted of fumbling at women in a cinema, and she is the chronic neurotic who defies her prurient, vindictive mother by remaining his friend. Set in 1953, SEPARATE TABLES is a detailed study of the lies, class judgements and repressed passions of the long-term residents of the Beauregard Private Hotel. When the hotel bigot, Mrs Railton-Bell - played with just the right chintzy outrage by Rosemary Leach - is routed, one can scarce forbear to cheer; and there is a marvellous moment in Peter Hall's production when the major, newly restored to his regular table, flips open his napkin with a defiant panache. Master chronicler of post-War England Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Nor are the starring parts a lot thicker in the first of the plays, Table By The Window... Peter Bowles, growling and boozily weaving about the stage, and Patricia Hodge, gravely melancholic in her elegant black dress, work hard to suggest that these are sad, self-destructive people who find it impossible to live either with or without each other; but they never quite shake the plot free of an unreality verging at its hairier moments on melodrama. The cast for both plays featured Jane Eccles as 'Lady Matheson', May Hallatt as 'Miss Meacham', Aubrey Mather as 'Mr Fowler', Beryl Measor as 'Miss Cooper' and Phylliss Neilson-Terry as 'Mrs Railton-Bell' with Basil Henson as 'Mr Charles Sratton', Patricia Raine as 'Miss Jean Tanner / Mrs Jean Stratton', Marion Fawcett as 'Mabel' and Priscilla Morgan as 'Doreen'. Separate Tables Table Number Seven is another matter... Bowles abandons his rumpled tweed for a natty blazer and his rough, man-of-the-people manner for parody blimpishness, and Hodge makes an even more impressive switch, successfully dwindling into Mrs Railton-Bell's wan, oppressed daughter. Following its closure in the West End, this production transferred to New York's Broadway opening on 25 October 1956 for an eleven month run with six of the London cast reprising their roles: Eric Portman and Margaret Leighton with Beryl Measor, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Jane Eccles and May Hallatt. Marty is a 34-year-old butcher whose Italian family is constantly after him to get married. Separate Tables: Original London West End Production 1954, Opened 22 September 1954, Closed 30 June 1956 at the St James Theatre (now demolished). n this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) and Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Even better is Rattigan's brilliant writing, which has so much intelligence, meaty complexity, emotional impact and the odd bit of humour (though much of the play bases itself around a serious subject). 10/10 Bethany Cox. Terence Rattigan's West End credits include The Browning Version, Cause Celebre, The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Harlequinade, Man and Boy and The Winslow Boy. It is the second play, Table Number Seven, that is a minor classic... What makes this a landmark fifties' play is Rattigan's demonstration that human pride can triumph over common prejudice. | E&EO | Privacy Policy | Updated 6 January 2020. The original cast for Table by the Window stars John Mills as 'Mr Malcolm' and Jill Bennett as 'Mrs Shankland'. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. The supporting cast play with skill and wit enough to conceal the relative thinness of their roles. A double-bill by Terence Rattigan - Table by the Window / Table Number Seven. And among the permanent residents there is sprightly work from Ernest Clark as a discarded Mr Chips and from Miriam Karlin as a brisk and downright devotee of the turf. The cast for Table Number Seven stars Eric Porter as 'Major Pollock' and Margaret Leighton as 'Miss Railton-Bell'. In this earlier work, Patricia Hodge is the epitome of elegant despair, but her beauty is a touch too unflawed to make the model's distress over ageing look very plausible. Niven and Hiller won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively for their performances. Separate Tables is a 1958 American drama film starring Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, and Wendy Hiller, based on two one-act plays by Terence Rattigan that were collectively known by this name. But the virtue of Hall's production lies in its reminder that behind Rattigan the prose-craftsman lurked a writer of tolerance and wisdom with a poetic flair for depicting our essential solitude." The cast for both plays featured Margaret Courtenay as 'Mrs Railton-Bell', Rose Hill as 'Miss Meacham', Raymond Huntley as 'Mr Fowler', Ambrosine Phillpotts as 'Lady Matheson' and Zena Walker as 'Miss Cooper' with Paul Gregory as 'Mr Charles Sratton', Delia Lindsay as 'Miss Jean Tanner / Mrs Jean Stratton', Shelia Mitchell as 'Mabel' and Jean Perkins as 'Doreen'. Margaret Leighton won the Tony Award for 'Best Actress in a Play'. Directed by Michael Blakemore with designs by Annena Stubbs and ligting by Robert Bryan. Sibyl Railton-Bell / © 1953, renewed 1981 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The cast for Table Number Seven stars Peter Bowles as 'Major Pollock' and Patricia Hodge as 'Miss Railton-Bell'. Life at the Beauregard is stirred up, however, when the beautiful Ann Shankland arrives to see her alcoholic ex-husband, John Malcolm, who is secretly engaged to Pat Cooper, the woman who runs the hotel. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. (15 Mar 1970). Only the cheekbones give her away, though, in her startling metamorphosis as a violently plain, cowed hysteric in the later play. Two plays about loneliness at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth. Separate Tables became the St James' longest running production with it's 515th performance on Thursday 29 December 1955 and by time the production closed on Saturday 30 June 1956, it had played a total of 726 performances. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Original London West End Production 1954 with Eric Porter and Margaret Leighton, 1st London West End Revival 1977 with John Mills and Jill Bennett, 2nd London West End Revival 1993 with Peter Bowles and Patricia Hodge. When one member dies while attempting a very dangerous manuever, the other two put on the show in his memory and to prove that the stunt can be done. They are both lonely, unglamorous people who have resigned themselves to their unloved lives. Separate Tables: 1st London West End Revival 1977, Previewed 12 January 1977, Opened 17 January 1977, Closed Saturday 20 August 1977 at the Apollo Theatre. Separate Tables is a 1958 American drama film starring Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, and Wendy Hiller, based on two one-act plays by Terence Rattigan that were collectively known by this name. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Separate Tables: 2nd London West End Revival 1993, Previewed 23 June 1993, Opened 5 July 1993, Closed 30 October 1993 at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward Theatre). Separate tables Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. He meets plain-looking schoolteacher Clara. A touch heavy-handedly, this patriotic pattern and the intermittent strains of 'Jerusalem' are there to remind us of the post- imperial twilight in which Hall's excellent cast are coming to terms with their loneliness. "

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