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A Song at Twilight

Noël Coward

Short Play, Comedy  /  2f, 2m

"Coward at his zenith." - London Daily Express

This bittersweet comedy is the story of a cosmopolitan author caught in his declining years between two women, one being his wife of convenience for twenty years, the other, one of his former loves. 

A Song at Twilight

by  Noël Coward

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description
This bittersweet comedy is the story of a cosmopolitan author caught in his declining years between two women, one being his wife of convenience for twenty years, the other, one of his former loves. There is a bit of the detective story in this, too, for the former flame produces some old love letters which she is about to turn over to a biographer. He is dead set against it, for it would compromise his impeccable reputation until she produces still another set of love letters, even more damaging, written to a male friend of his early youth. It remains for the wife of convenience to say that she has known about this all along, and to send the old flame off with an entirely different opinion. The blackmail fails, but the rue remains. Mr. Coward, Lilli Palmer and Irene Worth played in the London production. Produced in New York under the title Noel Coward in Two Keys.

History
A Song at Twilight was first presented by H. M. Tennent Ltd at the Queen's Theatre in London, on April 14, 1966. It was directed by Vivian Matalon.

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  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A private suite in a luxurious hotel in Switzerland; evening. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2f, 2m
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

HILDE LATYMER
HUGO LATYMER
CARLOTTA GRAY
FELIX - a waiter.

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"Coward at his zenith." - London Daily Express

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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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