Rowan Atkinson Returns to West End In 2013 for Quartermaine’s Terms

Rowan Atkinson Returns to West End In 2013 for Quartermaine’s Terms

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Rowan Atkinson is set to make his first appearance in a non-musical play in 25 years. The famous comedian and film star will take to the West End stage in Quartermaine’s Terms, which opens on 23 January 2013 at Wyndham’s Theatre.

    Atkinson will take on the title role in the first major London revival of Simon Gray’s Cheltenham Prize-winning 1982 comedy. Richard Eyre will direct, with design by Tim Hatley.   

    Atkinson first rose to fame via 1980s BBC comedy series Not The Nine O’Clock News, and cemented his reputation as one of the country’s leading comic performers in the title role of Richard Curtis and Ben Elton’s Blackadder. His mute TV creation Mr Bean was a huge international success, as was his bumbling cinematic would-be superspy Johnny English.

    Simon Gray’s tragicomic Quartermaine’s Terms is set in the 1960s, in an English language school for foreigners. It’s a funny but moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers. At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine. He’s kind and pleasant but utterly hopeless as a teacher. Quartermaine is always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues, but when a new Principal is appointed, his future starts to look precarious.