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Monday, February 04, 2013

Quartermaine's Terms...

Last week Stu and I went to see Quartermaine's Terms at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's glitzy West End.

Starring Rowan Atkinson it is set in an English language school in the 1960s. It follows the tragicomic lives of the half a dozen teachers over the period of a few years. The omnipresent Quartmaine just sits in his chair and watches it all happen around him - never really being allowed to fully join in the fun.

The play is good but a little too well paced - if that's not code for boring. The comedy isn't particularly well realised and the tragedy all too fleeting. Perhaps the limitation of setting the whole play in the staff room stifles the action just a little bit too much.

That said, Rowan Atkinson was great as Quartermaine. Be nice to see him in something a little bit menacing though.

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