Set in a run-down residential hotel in Bournemouth, Separate Tables consists of two linked one-act plays. In the first a lonely divorcee tracks down her former husband in order to resume a kind of half-life with him. In the other a repressed young spinster offers brave moral support to a fake major accused of importuning women in a local cinema.
In an alternative version, only recently discovered among Rattigan’s papers, the major’s offence was revealed to be homosexual; these ‘alternative’ scenes are published here for the first time.
This edition includes an authoritative introduction, biographical sketch and chronology.