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Coward Plays : 7: Quadrille; 'Peace in Our Time'; Tonight at 8.30
by Noel Coward


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The Seventh volume in the Coward Collection. On Quadrille "Miss Fontanne plays the madcap Marchioness with thecrackle and sheen of a five-pound note. Her eyes mock marvelously, hervoice cuts like a knife into a wedding cake, and the scene in ActThree, on the eve of her elopement with Mr.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The Seventh volume in the Coward Collection. On Quadrille "Miss Fontanne plays the madcap Marchioness with thecrackle and sheen of a five-pound note. Her eyes mock marvelously, hervoice cuts like a knife into a wedding cake, and the scene in ActThree, on the eve of her elopement with Mr. Lung, is as delicious ascrushed ice." Evening Standard, 1952.

"The idea of Peace in Our Time,"Coward wrote "was conceived in Paris shortly after the Liberation. . .I began to suspect that the physical effect of four years intermittentbombing is far less damaging to the intrinsic character of a nationthan the spiritual effect of four years enemy occupation."

Thevolume also contains four pieces from the Tonight at 8.30 sequence: WeWere Dancing "provides a marvelously compact illustration of the waythe English public school spirit prevails even in moments of strenuouspassion." "Shadow Play is a musical fantasy. . . which gave Gertie andme a chance to sing as romantically as we could, dance in the moonlightand, we hoped, convince the audience that we were very fascinatingindeed"; and "Family Album - a sly satire on Victorian hypocrisy, adorned with an unobtrusive but agreeable musical score. It wasstylised both in its decor and its performance, was a joy to play andprovided the whole talented company with good parts." Star Chamber, closely based on Coward's experiences trying to co-ordinate his Actors'Orphanage charity committee, is published here for the first time.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780413734006
  • ISBN-10: 0413734005
  • Publisher: A&c Black 3pl
  • Publish Date: February 2000
  • Page Count: 488
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds

Series: World Classics (Abe Books)

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