From vaudeville to satire, from broad farce to intricate comedy of manners, from melodrama to romance, the collection of plays that is Tonight at 8.30 encompasses the full kaleidoscopic range of Coward’s writing.
This is the irst major UK revival of this collection of nine one act plays since Coward starred in them in 1936Plays 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.
From Wednesday July 16 to Saturday July 19 at Theatre Royal Brighton 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, winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Director 2013), 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.”
The ensemble cast is Kirsty Besterman, Daniel Crossley, Amy Cudden, Shereen Martin, Olivia Poulet, Gyuri Sarossy, Peter Singh, Orlando Wells and Rupert Young.
Shows are at 7.45pm with a Thursday matinee at 2.30pm and Saturday at 12.30pm and 4pm.
To book tickets call 0844 871 7650 or go to www.atgtickets.com/brighton (subject to a booking fee).