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Afternoon Off

Afternoon Off is a 1979 television play by Alan Bennett. Broadcast under the umbrella title Six Plays by Alan Bennett it was produced for London Weekend Television and directed by Stephen Frears. The screenplay was published by Faber in 1984.


Lee, a Chinese waiter in a large hotel in Hartlepool, England, has various adventures in trying to locate the elusive Iris, whom he has been led to believe will have sex with him. His inability to speak fluent English and the varying degrees of assistance or confusion several individuals offer lead him on a wild goose chase. He finally encounters Iris in bed with one of his waiting-staff colleagues at the very hotel at which he started off.


It stars Henry Man as Lee, with an all star cast almost all of whom are in cameo roles, including Alan Bennett himself, Pete Postlethwaite, Thora Hird, Stan Richards, Janine Duvitski, Anna Massey, Stephanie Cole, Richard Griffiths, Paul Shane, Peter Butterworth and Sherrie Hewson as Iris.

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