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Quartermaine's Terms - Rowan Atkinson stars

Johnny English Reborn

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROWAN Atkinson returns to the West End stage to play the title role in a revival of Simon Gray’s Quartermaine’s Terms, which runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from January 29 (previews from January 23) to April 13, 2013.

Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragicomic play is a humorous but ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers.

At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine (Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious…

Quartermaine’s Terms is produced by Michael Codron and directed by Richard Eyre (Betty Blue Eyes, Notes on a Scandal). Further casting has yet to be announced.

A founder member and sketch writer of the BBC satire Not The Nine O’Clock News, Rowan Atkinson has also appeared on television in the hugely successful Blackadder series, Mr Bean which spawned two feature films – Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie and Mr Bean’s Holiday – and the Ben Elton sitcom The Thin Blue Line.

His other big screen credits include The Tall Guy, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Scooby Doo, Love Actually and Johnny English.

Atkinson first trod the West End boards in 1981 in Rowan Atkinson in Revue, which was also produced by Michael Codron. He subsequently appeared in The New Revue, The Nerd, The Sneeze and most recently as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver!, for which he received a Whatsonstage.com Award.

Simon Gray’s other works include The Late Middle Classes, Otherwise Engaged, Butley, Hidden Laughter, The Common Pursuit and The Smoking Diaries.

Prior to the West End dates, Quartermaine’s Terms will visit The Theatre Royal Brighton (January 8 to January 12) and the Theatre Royal Bath (January 14 to January 19).

Abigail’s Party continues at Wyndham’s Theatre until September 1, 2012.