I Have Been Here Before

by J. B. Priestley Directed by David Lynch


A young wife, her older husband and her lover meet an exiled German professor at a remote inn in North
Yorkshire. His probing questions reveal that they are unhappy and confused. Somehow it seems that these
three have played out their scene many times before, always ending in suicide, bitterness and poverty. The
professor warns them that they must now finally break the pattern.
This is one of Priestley’s famous sequence of ‘time-plays’ — part intriguing mystery and part meditation on
the themes of time, fate and the freedom to make choices. The play is set in the 1930s and the playing
style is naturalistic.