Set in a 1960’s school, Quartermaine’s Terms takes place over a period of two years in the staffroom of a Cambridge school that teaches English to foreigners. At the heart of the staff is the pleasant and overly agreeable St John Quartermaine, who is hopeless as a teacher. A permanent fixture in the staffroom, he is readily available to listen to his seven colleague’s problems. But when a new principal is appointment, Quartermaine’s future is put under question. A tragically humorous play, Quartermaine’s Terms is the ultimately moving account of the lives of seven struggling teachers.
Best-known for his roles in Mr Bean, Johnny English, Not the Nine O’ Clock News, Four Weddings and a Funeral and many, many more, Rowan Atkinson stars as the kindly Quartermaine. Most recently appearing as Fagin in the revival of Oliver!, Eyre’s production marks Atkinson’s first play on the West End in almost 25 years. He is joined by Conleth Hill, Will Keen, Felicity Montagu, Malcolm Sinclair, Matthew Cottle and Louise Ford.
Former Artistic Director of the National Theatre Richard Eyre directs the production, with past credits including Guys and Dolls, Richard III and The Beggar’s Opera. Quartermaine’s Terms features design by Olivier Award-winning Tim Hatley, lighting design by David Howe and sound design by John Leonard. A tragicomedy that balances searing wit with true human emotion, Quartermaine’s Terms is a stirring production that will tug at the heart-strings.