Simon Gray’s Just the Three of Us is a play that mixes the comic with the macabre to explore ideas about love, both platonic and romantic. It was first performed by the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, on 7 October 1997.
Enid is a best-selling romantic novelist. Her publisher husband, Fred, has confessed to an affair with his temporary PA, Terri. Enid has decided to lure the girl to her country retreat with the aid of her best friend, local vicar Ronnie. When Terri turns up on the pretext of discussing Fred’s surprise birthday party, Enid quite literally puts her in chains. Already fairly inebriated, she begins to tease Terri with a game of cat and mouse whilst Ronnie is trapped in the bathroom listening in. But what follows is wholly unexpected. Terri admits to a one-night stand with Freddie but nothing more. Quite unexpectedly, Enid takes a liking to Terri and resolves to educate her. Over the course of two months an intense bond develops between the women that turns to love. Meanwhile Ronnie can only look on, jealous that his position as the platonic third party in Fred and Enid’s marriage has been usurped.
The premiere production was directed by Peter Hall and designed by Ti Green. The cast was Prunella Scales as Enid, Dinsdale Landen as Ronnie and Carli Norris as Terri. Following the performances at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, the production toured to Brighton, Guildford, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Swansea and Newcastle.