Tonight at 8:30

- Original

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.

 

Family Album: Opening Night Cast

Noël Coward in Family Album Noël Coward Jasper Featherways
Gertrude Lawrence Jane
Joyce Carey Lavinia Featherways
Kenneth Carten Edward Valance
Moya Nugent Emily Valance
Anthony Pelissier Charles Winter
Joan Swinstead Harriet Winter
Edward Underdown Richard Featherways
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Family Album: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Gladys E. Calthrop Scenic Design
  John C. Wilson Producer
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Still Life: Opening Night Cast

Noël Coward in Still Life Noël Coward Alec Harvey
Gertrude Lawrence Laura Jesson
Joyce Carey Myrtle Bagot
Kenneth Carten Stanley
Betty Hare Mildred
Moya Nugent Beryl Waters
Anthony Pelissier Johnnie
Charles Peters Young Man
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Still Life: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Gladys E. Calthrop Scenic Design
  John C. Wilson Producer
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Ways and Means: Opening Night Cast

Joyce Carey Nanny
Kenneth Carten Gaston
Noël Coward in Ways and Means Noël Coward Toby Cartwright
Gertrude Lawrence Stella Cartwright
Moya Nugent Princess Elena Krassiloff
Anthony Pelissier Murdoch
Joan Swinstead Olive Lloyd-Ransome
Edward Underdown Stevens
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Ways and Means: Opening Night Production Credits

Noël Coward Noël Coward Writer
Noël Coward Noël Coward Staging
  Gladys E. Calthrop Scenic Design
  John C. Wilson Producer
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1936 - 1937

 
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