Coward Plays by Noel Coward
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Coward Plays
By Noel Coward

Coward Plays

"Blithe Spirit", "Present Laughter", "This Happy Breed", "Tonight at 8.30" (ll) v.4

By (author) See other recent books by Noel Coward
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $45.00
Your Price: $40.50 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $4.50! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.02 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Coward Plays by Noel Coward

Book Description

Volume Four of Noel Coward's plays contains a selection of Coward's plays from the thirties and forties which includes Blithe Spirit, a comedy that centres around the spirit medium Madame Arcati. The play that mocks sudden death was produced at precisely the moment when bombs were bringing it to Britain "I shall ever be grateful, for the almost psychic gift that enabled me to write Blithe Spirit in five days during one of the darkest years of the war." The play was for years the longest-running comedy in the history of British theatre. Present Laughter follows the life of Garry Essendine, a world-weary, middle-aged projection of the dilettante, debonair persona - self-obsessed and dressing-gowned who struts through the play like an educated peacock. It is a comedy about the 'theatricals' that Noel best knew and loved, and was originally a star vehicle for himself. It is the closest to an autobiographical play that Coward ever wrote.This Happy Breed is a saga of a lower middle-class family; and three shorter pieces fromTonight at 8.3 0 - is a farce set in the South of France, and serves as an oblique tribute to Frederick Lonsdale; The Astonished Heart is about the decay of a psychiatrist's mind through personal sexual obsession. Red Peppers, which closes the volume, was a cynical tribute to the lost music halls of the First World War.

Buy Coward Plays book by Noel Coward from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780413461209
ISBN-10: 0413461203
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 31mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Sep-1979
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...

Books By Author Noel Coward


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Coward Plays book by Noel Coward and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Noel Coward

Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Noel Coward close
Home Chat by Noel Coward
Noel Coward Screenplays by Noel Coward
Tonight at 8.30 by Noel Coward
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Private Lives by Noel Coward
Brief Encounter by Noel Coward
Complete Verse of Noel Coward by Noel Coward
Design for Living by Noel Coward
Letters of Noel Coward by Noel Coward
Noel Coward in His Own Words by Noel Coward
Noel Coward in His Own Words by Noel Coward
Future Indefinite by Noel Coward
Present Indicative by Noel Coward
Lyrics of Noel Coward by Noel Coward
Star Quality by Noel Coward
Semi-monde by Noel Coward
» close