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Coward Plays: Three

Coward Plays: Three
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Noel Coward
Introduction by: Sheridan Morley
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Series: World Classics
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 323
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0413461009
ISBN-13: 9780413461001

About the Play:

This third volume in The Coward Collection contains some of Noel Coward's best work from the thirties. The volume is introduced by the  theatre critic and broadcaster Sheridan Morley, Coward's first biographer.

Design for Living is about a triangular alliance between two men and a woman, based on friends of Coward's, which he waited to write "until she and he and I had arrived by different roads in our careers at a time and a place when we felt we could all three play together with a more or less equal degree of success." (Cast: 4 women, 6 men)

Cavalcade was Coward's most ambitious stage project, set during the Boer War, which cost £30,000 in its day and which includes scenes of the relief of the sinking of the Titanic and the coming of the Jazz Age.

Conversation Piece is a musical comedy that Noël wrote for the Parisian star Yvonne Printemps and includes the song "I'll Follow My Secret Heart".

Also in the volume are three short plays from Tonight at 8.30: including Hands Across the Sea, a gentle satire of colonials and London Society (Cast: 3 women, 6 men); Still Life which became the film Brief Encounter (Cast: 5 women, 6 men); and Fumed Oak a suburban comedy about a 'worm who turns' (Cast: 3 women, 1 man).

About the Playwright:

Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973) was one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century. Also a composer, director, actor and singer, he first made his name as a playwright with The Vortex, in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. He was knighted in 1970.