These two inter-linked plays take place in the Beauregard Private Hotel inBournemouthin1954, where the residents have their own reasons for seeking the solace of a quiet life.Table by the Window focuses on the troubled relationship between a disgracedLabourpolitician and his ex-wife.Table Number Seven, set eighteen months after the previous events, deals with the touching friendship between a repressed spinster and a kindly man posing as an upper-class retired army officer. The foibles and eccentricities of the residents and staff are highlighted as they struggle to come to terms with the changes in post-war British culture. Shock and social disgrace are cleverly interwoven with the decay, furtiveness and fraying of established manners.
For the New York premiere ofTable Number Seven, Rattigan wrote a series of alternative passages which would not have been permitted due to the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship rules at the time of the London production. These text variants were discovered among Rattigan’s papers a few years ago and our production incorporates these changes to reflect Rattigan's original concept for the script.
The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today. Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement.