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Tonight at 8.30 - Ten One-act Plays

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Noel Coward

Published by Methuen

This collection of ten one-act plays was written by Noel Coward as a vehicle for his own acting talents as well as an ambitious attempt to revive the one-act play form

First performed in 1935, the plays perfectly showcase Coward's talents as a playwright and his trademark panache for sparkling, sophisticated, witty dialogue

The short form also exhibits Coward's versatility with themes that range from comical farce to dark satire, played out in plots about mistaken identities, unconsummated affairs and love at first sight

These plays are set between the Victorian era and the emerging Modern period of the 1920s and 30s

The 10 One-act Plays are ...

Red Peppers
We Were Dancing
Shadow Play
Family Album
The Astonished Heart
Hands across the Sea
Fumed Oak
Ways and Means
Still Life
Star Chamber

This edition also features Coward's own preface and an Introduction by Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noel Coward

REVIEWS

" ... 'playlets that powerfully illuminate the profound depths and witty shallows of Noel Coward's extraordinary talent" ~ Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

"Everywhere emotional confusion breaks through some very English surfaces. Everywhere people are trying to keep the lid on unruly feelings, using everything from stiff upper lips or consideration for others' feelings to threats, moans and bully-boy tactics, and everywhere those feelings end up boiling over" ~ Benedict Nightingale, The Times

" ... they continually prove that Coward was blessed with much more than a talent to amuse" ~ Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

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