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Tea and Sympathy



From the author of I Never Sang for My Father, this groundbreaking drama explores a sensitive young man’s coming of age amid the taunts and suspicions of his classmates and teachers at a private boy’s academy. Only a sympathetic act of compassion by the wife of the headmaster gives young Tom the courage to grow into a man. A hit onstage and film with Deborah Kerr.

Character Breakdown

Tom Lee (M) A student at a New England preparatory school who is accused of being effeminate and is targeted after sunbathing with a male professor
Bill Reynolds (M) Hyper masculine. Distant from his wife Laura. Head of Tom Lee's dormitory house. In conflict with Tom seemingly due to doubts about his own masculinity.
Laura Reynolds (F) Bill's wife. Helps Tom with his troubles.