Afternoon Off

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Afternoon Off
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by Stephen Frears
Tony Wharmby
Written by Alan Bennett
Starring Henry Man
Benjamin Whitrow
Angela Morant
Pasquale Perrino
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Charles Stewart
Edited by Andrew Page
Distributed by ITV Studios
Release date
  • 3 February 1979 (1979-02-03) (UK)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 and 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 one by Alan Bennett himself.

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