A historic hit! Jermyn Street Theatre’s historic staging of Noel Coward’s full Tonight at 8.30 cycle has wowed the critics who attended this past weekend’s trilogy days. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes below, including from our own Cowardologist Libby Purves. Get your tickets before they’re all gone!
Noel Coward wrote Tonight at 8.30 as a vehicle for himself and Gertrude Lawrence, with whom he’d previously starred onstage in Privates Lives. The cycle of one-act plays and musicals had its West End premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in 1936 and has not been seen in full onstage in London since.
The nine short pieces range from music-hall pastiche to light comedies to heartbreaking drama. For this major revival at Jermyn Street Theatre, under the helm of artistic director Tom Littler, the one-acters have been arranged into three trios entitled Secret Hearts, Nuclear Families, and Bedroom Farces. Audiences have the chance to see the three trios (all nine plays) in a single day on Saturdays and Sundays during the run.
Nine actors play 73 roles across the nine plays. The ensemble cast comprises Sara Crowe, Ian Hallard, Nick Waring, Miranda Foster, Rosemary Ashe, Jeremy Rose, Boadicea Ricketts, Ben Wiggins and Stefan Benardzcyk, who also provides musical direction.
Tonight at 8.30 runs from 10 April to 20 May 2018 at Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1 6ST. Performances – running in repertory with Tomorrow at Noon – are Wednesdays to Sundays at 7.30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30am and 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £30 (concessions £20), with weekend trilogy days priced £75 (concessions £50). CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE & TO PURCHASE TICKETS!