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Before the Party

Rodney Ackland, W. Somerset Maugham

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6f, 1m

Based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham

"But darling what will people think if the sister's wearing mourning and the widow's dressed in pink?"

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 1m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

"But darling what will people think if the sister's wearing mourning and the widow's dressed in pink?"

The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren't such a nuisance about the rations and Cooke could get some more of those delicious delicacies. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below-stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

History
First performed at the St Martin's Theatre, London on 26th Octover 1949
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting:

    Laura's room in the Skinner's house in Surrey

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6f, 1m
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Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland (5/18/1908 – 12/6/1991) was an English playwright, actor, theatre director and screenwriter. He was educated at Balham Grammar School in London. In his 16th year he made his first stage appearance at the Gate Theatre Studio, playing Medvedieff in Gorky's The Lower Depths and later studied acting at the C ...

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W. Somerset Maugham

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