28 May 2013
Beecham House is a home for retired musicians and the residents hear a rumour that somebody new is soon to join them, and that somebody is a ’star’.
Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) aren’t too troubled by this sort of talk as it is par for the course at the gossipy home. However, the new arrival turns out to be Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) who is no other than their former singing partner.
Unfortunately Jean’s career as a star soloist had split up their partnership and had also ended her marriage to ‘Reggie’, who as you can imagine was less than pleased to see her again.
But there is pressure for them to reprise their celebrated ‘Quartet’ performance at a charity gala in support of the home.
So will the passage of time heal the wounds?