A Naughty Night with Noël Coward looks at the scandalous side of high society with two hilarious one-act plays by Noël Coward: We Were Dancing and The Better Half. Coward’s wicked wit comes alive in this naughty night of extramarital affairs. Presented by Proud Haddock Productions and performed at Old Red Lion Theatre for a limited run this August, it promises to be a delicious slice of what Coward so exquisitley offers his audience.
We Were Dancing chronicles Louise, a married woman, and Karl as they fall passionately in love at a country club in the South Pacific. They quickly make plans to travel to Australia together but realise shortly afterwards that they have absolutely nothing in common (awkward). You could describe the couple as being struck by lust more than love. It was written in 1935 as part of the Tonight at 8:30 cycle of one-act plays.
The Better Half (1921) looks at Alice and David who are barely existing in an unhappy marriage, when David is on the brink of having an affair. What David doesn’t realise, is that his wife is trying to encourage the affair because she feels desperately sorry for him. This play was never actually published and was eventually discovered in 2007, 34 years after Coward’s death so could be described as a hidden gem!
The cast comprise mostly of recent graduates who have rapidly gained experience, working in acclaimed productions at Fringe theatres across London. These actors are Beth Eyre, Stephen Fawkes, Lianne Harvey, James Lorcan, John MacCormick, Tracey Pickup, Tom Self and James Sindall.
Jimmy Walters, director and co-founder of Proud Haddock explains:
Through the use of costume, set, props and performances we aim to give the audience not just a Noël Coward performance but a Noël Coward ‘back in time’ experience.
Performance Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Tuesday 4th – Saturday 29th August 2015 Press Night: Thursday 6th August, 7.30pm. Tickets are available priced £13.50 (£11 concessions) Available from Old Red Lion Theatre Box Office and http://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk or 0844 412 4307
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