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January 29, 2022

#Play Separate Tables

by N@ncy


17. Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan by Terence Rattigan Terence Rattigan

Finish date: 28 January 2022
Genre: Play
Rating: A

Good news: Setting: The guests gather for a life-changing night at the Beauregard Hotel in
…Bournemouth, an English seaside resort town. We look at the lives of several residents. Guests who have their meals at Separate Tables. We see this all the time…people do not connect.

Good news: This is an absolutely classic English play! Written 1950’s Rattigan’s play develops familiar themes of loneliness, humiliation and the self appointed moral jurors in the private hotel. Rattigan draws on his own world. He dissects the known realities of the upper-middle-class. Separate Tables is touching, subtle and proof how …small minds (Lady Railton-Bell) can problematise the unproblematic

Personal: Reading tip: try to put faces on the characters before reading. I used the actors/actresses in the 1958 movie version of the play: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Burt Lancaster. Niven won Best Actor Oscar 1959 for his staring role in the movie.
#MustRead…it takes about an hour of your reading time!

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