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The Vortex

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 1979

World Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (10), Female (4), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... by their lovers, the play moves toward darker territory. Beginning as an apparently frothy comedy, the facades of mother and son eventually collapse, and a raw, anguished drama is unleashed. Copyright © by NC Aventales AG, successors in title to the Estate of Noël Coward...

Charles B. Cochran's 1931 Revue

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 1999

World Classics

Playtext

Scenes: 1, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... Thus did Noël Coward describe the ingredients for a successful revue sketch; in the 1920s and 1930s he mastered and defined the art of the revue – short and often topical or satirical sketches, many of which were a lead-in...

Hands Across The Sea

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 2009

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... 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...

Shadow Play

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 2009

Modern Plays

Playtext

Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... 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....

Easy Virtue

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 1979

World Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (19), Female (10), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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... but mere truth to Larita, who refuses to be brow-beaten into hypocrisy by the priggish social system of her new relations. In the introduction to Coward’s Collected Plays: One Sheridan Morley wrote: “Easy Virtue is essentially...

Future Indefinite: with the unfinished Past Conditional

Noël Coward

Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2007

Short Guides and Biography

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...The definitive account, in his own words, of one of the most popular figures in British theatre. The second and concluding volume of Noël Coward’s legendary autobiography includes Future Indefinite and the unfinished Past Unconditional....

Set to Music

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 1999

World Classics

Playtext

Roles: Total (17), Female (6), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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... Thus did Noël Coward describe the ingredients for a successful revue sketch; in the 1920s and 1930s he mastered and defined the art of the revue – short and often topical or satirical sketches, many of which were a lead-in...

Relative Values

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 1983

World Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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... in 1951, premiering at the Savoy Theatre, London in November of that year, restoring Coward's contemporary reputation as a playwright after a string of post-war box-office flops....

Home Chat

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 2016

Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (10), Female (6), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Following a disastrous train crash in Paris, during which Janet Ebony and her best friend, Peter Chelsworth, are sharing a sleeping compartment, scandalous outrage ensues as Janet’s husband, Paul, and her fearsome mother-in-law accuse them...

Private Lives

Written by

Noël Coward

~playauthor~Written by~ Noël Coward

Methuen Drama, 2000

Modern Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (5), Female (3), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Coward’s glorious wit and dramatic precision combine in his 1930s masterpiece about love and marriage. In a Riviera hotel, the newly-weds Elyot and Sybil stand on the balcony to admire the view, coo lovingly at each...