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Bitter Sweet

Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Drama  /  12f, 2m

Bitter Sweet (libretto)
by Noël Coward

Everything that wealthy London society had to offer a properly brought-up girl lay at the feet of little Sarah Millick in 1875; but she fell so desperately in love with her handsome young singing master that she threw it all away in order to be with …

Bitter Sweet

by  Noël Coward

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    12f, 2m
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  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
Everything that wealthy London society had to offer a properly brought-up girl lay at the feet of little Sarah Millick in 1875; but she fell so desperately in love with her handsome young singing master that she threw it all away in order to be with him. In Vienna, five poverty-stricken years later, her adored Carl is killed in a duel. But his music lives on as the self-reliant Sarah earns fame throughout Europe with her singing. Finally returning to England, she marries the elderly Marquis of Shayne who has waited so patiently for her. Years later, at a madly bright party in the late 1920s, she tells her story, winning the grudging admiration of the smart young set. The Marchioness, they decide, must have been a gay old bird.
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  • Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 19th Century

Setting:

The Scenes
Act I Lady Shayne's London house, 1929. The music room at the Millicks' house, 1875 (inset). The Millicks' ballroom.
Act II Herr Schlick's café in Vienna, 1880.
Act III Lord Shayne's house (as for Act I, Scene 1

Casting

12f, 2m
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Singing Principals
Sarah Millick.
Victoria, Harriet, Gloria, Honor, Effie and Jane, her close friends.
Manon, a French cabaret entertainer in Vienna.
Gussi, Lotte, Freda and Hansi, Viennese ladies of the town C

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Orchestration (on hire):
1st and 2nd Violins
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Flute
Oboe
2 Clarinets
Bassoon
2 Horns
2 Trumpets
Trombone
Drums
Harp
Stage Band (basic):
Piano
Violin<

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Authors

Noël Coward

Noël Peirce Coward was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as Prince Mussel in The Goldfish at the age of 12, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924), which featured themes of drugs and a ...

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