Separate Tables

A double-bill by Terence Rattigan – Table by the Window / Table Number Seven. Two plays about loneliness at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth. Note: The setting and cast/characters are the same for both plays, with the exception of the two leads who change characters.

The St James’ Theatre was a 1,200-seat theatre located in King Street in St James’s, London. 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.

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. Margaret Leighton won the Tony Award for ‘Best Actress in a Play’.

Cast & Crew

Cast

Lady Matheson
Major Pollock
  (credited as Eric Portman)
Miss Cooper
Miss Meacham
Miss Railton-Bell
Mr Malcolm
Mrs Railton-Bell
Mrs Shankland
  (ended 29th June 1957)
Doreen
  (22nd September 1954 – 30th June 1956)
Mabel
  (22nd September 1954 – 30th June 1956)
Miss Jean Tanner / Mrs Jean Stratton
  (22nd September 1954 – 30th June 1956)
Mr Charles Sratton
  (22nd September 1954 – 30th June 1956)
Mr Fowler
  (22nd September 1954 – 30th June 1956)
Doreen
  (25th October 1956 – 28th September 1957)
Jean Tanner
  (25th October 1956 – 28th September 1957)
Mabel
  (25th October 1956 – 28th September 1957)
Mr Charles Stratton
  (25th October 1956 – 28th September 1957)
Mr Fowler
  (25th October 1956 – 28th September 1957)
Mrs. Shankland
  (started 1st July 1957)

Crew

Author
Design
Director
Lighting design

Photographs

If you have a photograph or picture that illustrates this production, please sign in to upload it, or add it to Flickr and tag it with .

Play description

A double-bill by Terence Rattigan – Table by the Window / Table Number Seven. Two plays about loneliness at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth. Note: The setting and cast/characters are the same for both plays, with the exception of the two leads who change characters.

Observations

If you have an interesting observation or anecdote about this production that you think others may be interested in, please sign in in order to record it here.