DOI: 10.5040/9781408167427.00000035
Scenes: 2. Roles: Male (1) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Fumed Oak is a satisfying suburban comedy in two acts: in the first, Henry Gow sits silently as his grumbling mother-in-law, his snappish wife and his whining daughter bicker over breakfast; in the second, he announces that he has changed his name and bought a boat ticket, and, leaving them the house and a barrage of insults he has been saving for over ten years, goes out of the front door with glee.

Fumed Oak, originally starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself, is a short play from the Tonight at 8.30 cycle, conceived by Coward as an antidote to the boredom of a long run of the same script. It is a sequence of ten plays to be performed by the same cast in sets of three, alternating matinées and evenings, ranging from farce to melodrama to romantic comedy.

After touring, Tonight at 8.30 was produced at the Phoenix Theatre in London in 1936.

From Tonight At 8.30


Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9781408113455

Series: Modern Plays

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