The Argyle Players will bring 1930s decadence and entertainment to Bath with ‘An Evening with Noël Coward – Three Comedies from the Master of Wit’, from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th May 2017 at The Tovey Hall Theatre, Central United Reformed Church, in Grove Street, Bath.
The three comic one-act plays – ‘Hands Across the Sea’, ‘Red Peppers’ and ‘Ways and Means’ – see Coward take us from the hilarious, criss-crossed conversations of a well-to-do drawing room, to the backstage banter of a washed-up music hall act, and the Côte d’Azur, where a couple living beyond their means are desperate to resolve their gambling debts by a variety of scandalous schemes!
Directors Adrian Brettell and Brian Hudd have selected the plays from Coward’s London and Broadway smash ‘Tonight at 8.30’, an incredible undertaking that Coward wrote for himself and frequent co-star Gertrude Lawrence, that comprised of no less than nine plays with a different sequence of three being performed every night.
Not all the plays were comedies, the directors point out – indeed, one grew to become the film ‘Brief Encounter’ – but for this triple bill, it’s Coward’s humour that’s to the fore: “The dialogue is marvellous and some of the put-downs positively outrageous – just as you’d expect.”
This production of ‘An Evening with Noël Coward’ has been entered for the Rose Bowl Amateur Drama Awards. The Argyle Players have received a clutch of awards and nominations in recent years, including a ‘Best Actor’ nomination in 2016.