Coward Plays: v.7: Quadrille ; Peace in Our Time ; Tonight at 8.30 (lll) by Noel Coward (Paperback, 1999)
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- DescriptionThe Seventh volume in the Coward Collection. On Quadrille: Miss Fontanne plays the madcap Marchioness with the crackle and sheen of a five-pound te. Her eyes mock marvelously, her voice cuts like a knife into a wedding cake, and the scene in Act Three, on the eve of her elopement with Mr. Lung, is as delicious as crushed ice. Evening Standard, 1952. The idea of Peace in Our Time , Coward wrote was conceived in Paris shortly after the Liberation...I began to suspect that the physical effect of four years intermittent bombing is far less damaging to the intrinsic character of a nation than the spiritual effect of four years enemy occupation. The volume also contains four pieces from the Tonight at 8.30 sequence: We Were Dancing provides a marvelously compact illustration of the way the English public school spirit prevails even in moments of strenuous passion. Shadow Play is a musical fantasy...which gave Gertie and me a chance to sing as romantically as we could, dance in the moonlight and, we hoped, convince the audience that we were very fascinating indeed ; and Family Album - a sly satire on Victorian hypocrisy, adorned with an ubtrusive but agreeable musical score. It was stylised both in its decor and its performance, was a joy to play and provided the whole talented company with good parts. Star Chamber, closely based on Coward's experiences trying to co-ordinate his Actors' Orphanage charity committee, is published here for the first time.
- Author BiographyNoel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.
- Author(s)Noel Coward
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication15/04/1999
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Series TitleWorld Classics
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintMethuen Drama
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight258 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine20 mm
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