Blanche McIntyre, 2013’s winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Director, directs an ensemble cast in Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8.30, when it comes to Theatre Royal Brighton from Wed 16 – Sat 19 July 2014.
The first major UK revival of this collection of nine one act plays since Coward starred in them in 1936, these plays mix vaudeville, satire, broad farce an. intricate comedy of manners. From melodrama to romance, the collection of plays encompasses the full kaleidoscopic range of Coward’s writing.
Plays include the chaotic Red Peppers music-hall show, a bankrupt couple using all Ways and Means to scheme their way out of debt, and Still Life, the original version of the film Brief Encounter.
On Sat 19 July audiences will have chance to see the full theatrical spectacle of the production in a special triple bill days when all nine plays are performed on the same day.
Blanche McIntyre commented: “Tonight At 8.30 is a lost masterpiece: a celebration of writing and acting that builds to become a manifesto on how to live. The breadth of Coward’s vision and the depth of his humanity are staggering. Directing the Tonight at 8.30 sequence has been one of my lifetime ambitions and I’m thrilled to be working on it”
Tonight at 8.30 runs at Theatre Royal Brighton, on Wed 16 – Sat 19 July 2014.