Quartermaine’s Terms is a play by Simon Gray which won The Cheltenham Prize in 1982.
Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragicomic play is a humourous but ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers.
At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine (Rowan Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious…
This quintessentially British drama is written by Simon Gray with his characteristic sparkling wit.
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Rapier-tongued lecturer Ben Butley is having a monumentally bad day. So bad, he’s making sure everyone else has a worse one. His estranged wife has taken up with the most boring man in London. His beloved protege has found a new benefactor (one he is actually sleeping with, to boot). In an unprecedented act of betrayal even the English department’s resident failure has a book deal.
Once a charismatic tutor and an authority on TS Eliot, he now sharpens his mind on his unfortunate colleagues while trying to evade his more persistent students. Withering irony, spite and gleeful trouble-making all feature in his arsenal; inevitably they prove to be the weapons of his own tragic self-destruction.
Starring: Dominic West , Paul McGann , Penny Downie
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