Semi Monde offers a wonderful view of a cross-section of high society. Set across three years in the Ritz Hotel in Paris, we see characters representative of 1920s' society 'jagged with sophistication . . . either demi mondaine or just plain mondaine' as Coward himself put it.
In his book Coward the Playwright critic John Lahr describes the play as 'easily the most visually daring of [Coward's] comedies, and the most intellectually startling . . . it gets much nearer the homosexual knuckle than Coward's public image allowed.'
First written in 1926, it would wait more than 50 years for its first production, finally being staged in 1977 by the Glasgow Citizens Company, directed by Philip Prowse.