Plays, Volume Three

Plays, Volume Three

Book - 1979
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The third volume of Coward's plays contains some of his best work from
the thirties.

Design for Living - is about a triangular alliance
between two men and a woman, based on friends of Coward's, which he
waited to write "until she and he and I had arrived by different roads
in our careers at a time and a place when we felt we could all three
play together with a more or less equal degree of success." Cavalcade
was Coward's most ambitious stage project, set during the Boer War,
which cost #65533;30,000 in its day and which includes scenes of the relief
of the sinking of the Titanic and the coming of the Jazz Age. Conversation Piece is a musical comedy that No#65533;l wrote for the Parisian
star Yvonne Printemps and includes the song "I'll Follow My Secret

Also in the volume are three short plays including Tonight at 8.30 -
Hands Across the Sea , a gentle satire of colonials and London Society;
Still Life which became the film Brief Encounter and Fumed Oak a suburban
comedy about a 'worm who turns'. The volume is introduced by Sheridan

Publisher: London : Eyre Methuen, c1979
ISBN: 9780413461001
Branch Call Number: 822.912/COW
Additional Contributors: Mander, Raymond
Mitchenson, Joe


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