Royal Theatre, Northampton
19th September to Saturday 4th October, 2003
Tickets: £5.00 to £27.00
Box Office: 624811
John Quartermaine is a bumbling teacher at a language school in
It's the early 1960s and Quartermaine is a quintessentially English
gentleman, as much a part of the schools furniture as the
blackboards and chalk rubbers.
But while he is completely absorbed by school matters his colleagues
are gossiping about other goings-on altogether.
their humorous trials and tribulations are shared between the group,
Quartermaine finds himself increasingly bewildered by the whirlwind
of life beyond the staff-room.
Simon Grays comedy is the first in-house production of the
autumn season at Northampton's Royal Theatre.
Wickham (Peak Practice and The Bourne Identity) plays Quartermaine.
Following her portrayal of Lady Rumpers in Habeas Corpus, Marty
Cruickshank returns to the Royal to play Melanie Garth, a single
woman forced to care for her sickly and ungrateful mother.
Josh Cohen (Benjamin in The Graduate at The Gielgud Theatre, London)
plays struggling novelist Mark Sackling.
Sophie Shaw (In Deep, Holby City) plays long suffering Anita.
New boy Derek Meadle is played by Jonas Armstrong and Ian Price
plays headmaster Eddie Loomis.
And the slightly insane Henry Windscape is played by Timothy Davies
(A Touch of Frost, Kilverts Diary).
Terms has been described as a cross between C4s Teachers and
the classic comedy Please Sir.; It won best new play in the 1981
Drama Awards and the 1982 Cheltenham Prize for Literature.