Noel Coward's 'Tonight at 8.30'

Nuffield and English Touring Theatre presented the first major revival in the UK of all nine one-act plays by Noël Coward.
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Performed as three trios in repertory

“I'll go and see anything so long as it amuses me, or moves me. If it doesn't do either I want to go home.”   Noël Coward

A collection of nine one-act plays by the inimitable Noël Coward, performed together for the first time in the UK, since Coward starred in them in 1936. From vaudeville to satire, from broad farce to intricate comedy of manners, from melodrama to romance, the plays span the full, glorious range of Coward’s writing.
This was a unique opportunity to see a stellar ensemble cast perform all nine plays.

The plays were performed in trios, so the most adventurous made a day of it and saw them back to back on one of the triple bill days, when all nine plays were performed with meal intervals in between.

DATES  24 April - 24 May

 

More about the plays:

Trio 1: Cocktails
Sudden passion in We Were Dancing, a tragic love affair in The Astonished Heart and song, dance and arguments with the husband-and-wife music hall act the Red Peppers.

Trio 2: Dinner
Bankrupts scheme their way out of debt in Ways and Means, revenge is sweet in Fumed Oak, and hearts break in the famous Still Life, the original version of Brief Encounter.

Trio 3: Dancing
Death and denouncing in Family Album, Piggie's chaotic social life comes back to bite her in Hands Across the Sea, and love wins through in Shadow Play.

 

 

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