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Theatre Review: Volcano by Noel Coward at the Theatre Royal Bath

12 June 2012

 

The much anticipated Volcano has erupted into life on the Theatre Royal stage this week, having been a favourite with the advance sales at the box office; it certainly has the cast and production credentials to add some flair into the season.

This Coward play was never produced in his life time, perhaps due to the censorship that existed that might have found the material shocking or perhaps because it was based on real events. Written whilst Coward was a tax exile in Jamaica in 1956, the main thrust of the plot is that Adela (Jenny Seagrove) is a widow running a plantation; she is pursued by Guy Littleton (Jason Durr) and with the arrival of other married guests the issues of infidelity, bisexuality and confusions of love and lust are muddied in the heat of the impending eruption.

For the full review visit the Guide2Bath Website

 

Petra Schofield

Performances continue until Saturday www.theatreroyal.org.uk 01225 448844