DOI: 10.5040/9781408167427.00000067
Roles: Male (6) , Female (5) , Neutral (0)

A group of actors and theatre-related people arrive fitfully for a committee meeting of the Garrick Haven Fund, a charity for elderly and impoverished actresses, but the transactions of the committee are far less interesting to them than their own affairs. Between a leading lady with an enormous soppy dog, a mediocre comedian, a vaguely dotty actress with wet shoes and several other well-meaning participants in various stages of thespian eccentricity, very little business is conducted, and rather a lot of hysterical posturing is performed instead.

Star Chamber 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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