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This Was A Man

Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 6m

“I loathe this age and everything to do with it. Men of my sort are the products of over-civilisation. All the red-blooded honest-to-God emotions have been squeezed out of us.”

 

This Was A Man

by  Noël Coward

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    3f, 6m
Description

Edward Churt is a successful painter. His wife Carol has a ‘vivid personality composed of a minimum of intellect and a maximum of sex’. Increasingly aware of her infidelity, Edward defends himself with a veneer of sophisticated insouciance. But his best friend and army comrade is determined to avenge him...

This Was a Man explores some of Coward’s lifelong themes of social mores, jealousy and the futility of a life with no moral compass. Can good manners emasculate us? What happens when we repress our inner caveman? Is it more courageous to look away or to face our demons and fight? What, indeed, does it mean to be a man?

Learn more about This Was a Man - and how it went unperformed for nearly 90 years - on the Samuel French blog.

History
Banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1926 for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, THIS WAS A MAN was not performed professionally in the UK until its debut at the Finborough Theatre in 2014. This is the first time the play has been published as a single volume in the UK.

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  • Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Details

  • Time Period: 1920s
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

ACT I -Scene I. Edward Churt's studio in Knightsbridge - 2.30am.
Scene II. The same, a few weeks later.

ACT II - Scene. Evelyn Bathurst's flat. The same night.

ACT III - Scene. The same as Act I. The following morning.

Casting

3f, 6m
Cast Attributes
Carol Churt
Harry Challoner
Edward Churt
Lady Margot Butler
Berry
Lord Romford
Zoe St Merryn
Major Evelyn Bathurst
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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 them ...

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