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What's it all about?
Produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt, Noël Coward's Volcano will play a strictly limited West End run this summer at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The less permissive social climate that prevailed prior to the 1960s meant that this frank study of infidelity was never performed in the playwright’s lifetime. As such, this is the first major production of a work which gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous island lifestyle which Coward himself enjoyed.
What's the story?
Recently widowed Adela Shelly finds herself being seduced by the suave Guy Littleton, a visitor to her elegant Pacific house on the side of an island volcano. Guy's acid-tongued wife Melissa decides to fly in to see off the competition, but she hasn't reckoned that Adela's best friend, Ellen, might also be falling for her husband. As tensions bubble up from under the surface and begin to erupt, so does the volcano...
Who's in it?
Noël Coward’s rediscovered gem of a play features an all-star cast in its West End debut. Jenny Seagrove is a perennially popular feature of the London stage, having played leading roles in almost every West End playhouse. That said, she is probably best known for her TV role as barrister Jo Mills in BBC’s Judge John Deed.
Seagrove is in good company in Volcano, with Monarch of the Glen’s Dawn Steele, Heartbeat’s Jason Durr and Gosford Park’s Finty Williams joining her in the cast.
Who is Volcano suitable for?
Fans of Noël Coward’s work will be delighted by the uncovering of this lost classic. Steamy, scandalous subject matter is the meat of the play, so it’s recommended for audiences aged 13 and over.
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Did You Know?
Noel Coward wrote over 30 plays, more than 10 of which have been adapted for the screen.
Coward knew very well the kind of louche island lifestyle that he wrote about in Volcano, having lived high on the hog in both Bermuda and later Jamaica. He maintained a residence in the latter until his passing in 1973, having left the UK in the 1950s.
As well as being one of Britain’s pre-eminent modern authors of straight drama, Coward was also an accomplished actor and penned a number of revues, musicals and operettas, putting his name to over 300 songs.
Coward cited Gilbert and Sullivan as his biggest musical influence, saying that: “The lyrics and melodies of Gilbert and Sullivan were hummed and strummed into my consciousness at an early age. “My father sang them, my mother played them... my aunts and uncles, who were legion, sang them singly and in unison at the slightest provocation.”