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Rowan Atkinson wins rave reviews as Quartermaine's Terms opens in London

Date Posted: 31/01/13

Rowan Atkinson wins rave reviews as Quartermaine's Terms opens in London

With a big name like Rowan Atkinson in the starring role, Quartermaine's Terms is set to be a must-see show for those on theatre breaks in London this year.

And following the play's opening performance last night (January 30th), the Mr Bean actor is winning praise from critics in what is his first serious stage role in 25 years.

Set in an English language school for foreigners in the 1960s, the tragicomic play tells the story of St John Quartermaine (Atkinson) - a kind, pleasant and agreeable man but an utterly hopeless teacher.

In a five-star review for the Daily Telegraph, critic Charles Spencer commented: "A great play, beautifully directed and acted by an outstanding cast - but it is also an evening tinged with sadness."

He added that Atkinson "makes the character's passive singularity continually compelling".

The Guardian's Michael Billington also highlighted Atkinson's performance, saying he "reminds us that he is a highly capable actor".

And writing in the Evening Standard, reviewer Henry Hitchings praised the actor's "contained, understated" portrayal of Quartermaine.

"Atkinson affords us a keen sense of Quartermaine’s benign detachment, the ache of a life scarcely lived," he said.

Quartermaine's Terms is on at Wyndham’s Theatre until April 13th.

Posted by Becky Spence

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