Tonight at 8:30

One Act - Revival

National Theatre

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Playwright: Noël Coward

Synopsis

An evening of one-act plays by Noel Coward. In Ways and Means, a debt-plagued gambler and his wife are saved from final disgrace when a chauffeur who had planned to rob them saves them instead. Still Life depicts the frustrated secret affair between two married middle-class people. Fumed Oak follows a middle-aged salesman who has earned enough money to tell off his wife, mother-in-law and daughter and to leave them.

Note: The original 1936 production of Tonight at 8:30 contained nine one-act plays performed over three evenings, including We Were Dancing, The Astonished Heart, Red Peppers, Hands Across the Sea, Fumed Oak, Shadow Play, Ways and Means and Still Life. Six one-acts (Red Peppers, Hands Across the Sea, Fumed Oak, Family Album, Shadow Play, and Ways and Means) were performed in a 1948 revival. Only three of the one-acts were performed in the 1967 revival.

 

Fumed Oak: Opening Night Cast

Gertrude Lawrence Doris Gow
Valerie Cossart Elsie
Norah Howard Mrs. Rockett
Philip Tonge Henry Gow
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Fumed Oak: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Richard Barstow Musical Staging
  George Jenkins Scenic Design
  Homer Curran Producer
  Russell Lewis Producer
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Hands Across the Sea: Opening Night Cast

Gertrude Lawrence Lady Maureen Gilpin
Sarah Burton Walters
Booth Colman Mr. Burnham
Valerie Cossart Mrs. Wadhurst
Norah Howard The Hon. Clare Wedderburn
Graham Payn Com. Peter Gilpin, R.N.
William Roerick Lieut. Com. Alastair Corbett, R.N.
Philip Tonge Mr. Wadhurst
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Hands Across the Sea: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Richard Barstow Musical Staging
  George Jenkins Scenic Design
  Homer Curran Producer
  Russell Lewis Producer
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Shadow Play: Opening Night Cast

Gertrude Lawrence Victoria Gayforth
Sarah Burton Sibyl Heston
Booth Colman Hodge
Valerie Cossart Lena
Norah Howard Martha Cunningham
Graham Payn Simon Gayforth
William Roerick Michael Doyle
Philip Tonge George Cunningham
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Shadow Play: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Richard Barstow Musical Staging
  George Jenkins Scenic Design
  Homer Curran Producer
  Russell Lewis Producer
See Full Opening Night Production credits
 
 
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