Victoria and Simon’s marriage isn’t going very well, and they’re both trying not to mind. After an anxious evening at the theatre, Victoria takes some sleeping pills to calm herself and drowsily slips into reminiscences. The play trips back into their past of lilting romance and blissful adoration, with an innovative blurring of past and present: a fascinating and infatuated dream.
Shadow Play is a short piece 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.