(It is half past five. A young man is coming into the hotel
carrying a small bag. He is wearing jeans.)
George Oh, hello, hello. Welcome!
Young man Hello.
George Thank you, thank you, thank you.
(He takes the man's hand.)
Young man That's OK ... er, why?
George You've got the big room, and there's
a new light in there for you too – a beautiful new light.
Young man Very nice. Thank you very much.
But I don't understand.
George Well, you're famous. You're a TV star.
Young man Me? Famous? A TV star?
George And here's the key to your room. I
can take your bag.
Young man Oh, thank you, but it's not heavy.
I can carry it. And I'm not famous.
George Yes, you are.
Young man But I'm not.
George Ah, I see ... you're not famous. You
don't want any TV cameras here. Ha, ha! Yes, I understand.
Young man You understand?
George Yes. You want a quiet holiday. You're
not famous. Ha, ha! All right, I understand.
Young man Good. Can I see the sea from my
George Oh, yes, it's one of the rooms in
the front of the hotel. It's very nice.
Young man Is it expensive? I haven't got
a lot of money, you know.
George That's OK. I like you. I don't need
the money. For you, the room is free!
Young man I don't understand ...
George Mary! Mary! Come here! Come and meet
(Mary comes in. She is holding a cup of coffee.)
Mary What do you want now?
George Mary, meet Mr Madoc. This is my wife,
(George takes Mary's arm. Her coffee goes over the young man's
Mary Oh, I'm very sorry! Your jeans! I'm
sorry, Mr... Mr...
Young man Mr Brown. Paul Brown.
George I'm sorry, Mr Madoc. Please excuse
my wife. We can clean your jeans for you here. I'm very sorry.
Young man Oh, it's all right. It isn't important.
I can wash my jeans.
Mary I'm sorry, Mr Brown.
George Don't be silly, Mary! His name is
Young man Er, no ... my name is Paul Brown.
George Yes, Mary, in this hotel his name
is Paul Brown, but on TV his name is Tony Madoc. You
understand ... he wants a quiet holiday.
(He smiles at the young man.)
Young man What?
George Mary, please ask Peter to take Mr
Brown's bag to his room. Quickly now! Thank you.
Mary Can I get another cup of coffee?
George No, Mary, you can't. The bag, Mary.
Do you like flowers, Mr Brown? You've got some
nice flowers in your room. They're from our garden, you know.
Young man Oh, no. I'm sorry. I don't like
flowers very much.
George Fine, fine. I don't like flowers either.
Mary, put the flowers in the kitchen, please.
Mary But Peter's going to be very angry,
George In the kitchen, Mary.
(Mary and the young man go out. The woman comes in.)
Woman Excuse me, but where's my bag?
George What? Oh, your bag? It's here.
Woman I need it in my room.
George Yes, yes. I'm sorry, Mrs ... er ...
but not now. I am going to take it to your room, but I'm very
busy now. We have a very important person in the hotel.
Woman But my glasses are in the bag. I can't
learn the new play without my glasses ...
George Sorry, Mrs ... er ... not now.
(The young man comes in again.)
George Mr Brown! There you are! Is the room
OK, Mr Brown?
Young man Yes, it's fine, thank you.
George Good, good. Would you like anything?
A drink? Some champagne? A television?
Young man No, nothing, thank you.
George Please, have a drink. Mary! Bring
a bottle of champagne.
(Mary comes in.)
Mary Champagne, George?
George Yes, bring a bottle of champagne and
ask Peter to put the television in Mr Brown's room.
Young man But I don't like television and
I don't drink champagne, thank you very much.
Mary He doesn't want them, George.
Young man I'm going out for a walk near the
sea now. What time is dinner?
George Dinner's at half past seven, Mr Brown.
Mary, go to the kitchen and talk to Judy about dinner, please.
Mary Don't shout, George. I'm going.
(Mary goes to the kitchen. The young man goes out. George
goes back to reception.)
Woman My bag, please, Mr Harris.
George Ah yes. It's here, in the cupboard.
You can take it to your room now ...
Woman But I can't carry the bag. It's very
heavy and I'm 74 years old.
George Oh, all right. Give it to me.
(He goes to the cupboard and takes out her bag. They go out.)