Written by Noël Coward comes Tonight at 8.30, a summer cocktail of Coward for you to enjoy at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, May 28th to 31st.
Set in the 1930s, Tonight at 8.30 is an exquisite collection of nine one-act plays which will be performed together, three plays per night, for the first time since Coward himself starred in them in 1936.
Peep through your fingers at the chaotic Red Peppers music-hall show, join Lady Giplin for a soiree of mistaken identities in Hands Across the Sea and break your heart along with Laura in the famous Still Life, the original version of the film Brief Encounter.
Performed in trios of three per evening, this is a unique opportunity to see all of these wonderful plays: come along once, twice or three times – or make a day of it and see all nine plays performed on a Saturday with meal intervals in between.
Award-winning playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, Noël Coward was known for his wit and flamboyance. He achieved amazing success as a playwright, publishing over 50 plays from his teens onward, with his most famous plays including Hay Fever, Private Lives and Blithe Spirit.
Winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Director last year, Blanche McIntyre directs this new theatrical production: “Tonight at 8:30 is a lost masterpiece: a celebration of writing and acting that builds to become a manifesto on how to live. The breadth of Coward’s vision and the depth of his humanity are staggering and directing the Tonight at 8:30 sequence has been one of my lifetime ambitions.”
The ensemble cast includes Kirsty Besterman, Daniel Crossley, Amy Cudden, Shereen Martin, Olivia Poulet, Gyuri Sarossy, Peter Singh, Orlando Wells and Rupert Young.
From vaudeville to satire, broad farce to intricate comedy of manners and melodrama to romance, Tonight at 8.30 spans the glorious range of Coward’s writing.
Tickets for Tonight at 8.30 are on sale now! You can book yours by calling the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Box Office on (01483) 44 00 00 or by visiting the website at www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
24 April – 24 May Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
28 – 31 May, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
3 – 7 June, Malvern Theatres
10 – 14 June, Richmond Theatres
24 – 28 June, Oxford Playhouse
1 – 5 July, The Lowry, Salford Quays
8 – 12 July, Cambridge Arts Theatre
15 – 19 July, Theatre Royal Brighton
22 – 26 July, Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Monday 28th April 2014