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Noel Coward's HOME CHAT To Have Its First UK Production In 90 Years

"I am shirking off the chains that have shackled me for so long - I have suddenly come to realise that I am a woman - a living, passionate, pulsating woman - it never occurred to me before."

A unique rediscovery in its first UK production since its premiere in 1927, Home Chat by Noel Coward opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 (Press Night: Thursday, 1 September and Friday, 2 September 2016 at 7.30pm).

Janet Ebony and her best friend Peter Chelsworth are innocently sharing a sleeping compartment when their train to Paris is involved in a disastrous railway accident. Outrage and scandal ensue as Janet's husband Paul and her fearsome mother-in-law accuse Janet and Peter of adultery. Aghast at their families' accusations, Janet and Peter decide to take revenge by inventing an adulterous affair...
Written with Noël Coward's trademark wit and insight, Home Chat is a distinctly modern comedy about female sexuality and fidelity, in a society rigidly governed by decorum and reputation.

The outstanding cast includes Polly Adams (National Theatre, West End, Chichester Festival Theatre, Old Vic), Tim Chipping (West End, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Philip Correia (Shakespeare's Globe, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Joanna David (West End, National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange), Richard Dempsey (West End, National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Nelly Harker (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bath Theatre Royal, Rose Theatre Kingston), Robert Hazle (Rose Playhouse, Bankside, Watermill Theatre), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre, Lyceum Edinburgh, West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Zoë Waites (Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre, Almeida, Theatre Royal Bath.)

Playwright Noel Coward was born in 1899, and died in 1973. He was an actor, playwright, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, artist, novelist, short story writer, poet and cabaret artist. His many plays include The Vortex, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue, Bitter Sweet, Private Lives, Fallen Angels, Cavalcade, Design for Living, Tonight At 8.30, This Happy Breed, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit. His screenplays include In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter. His songs include Mad Dogs and Englishmen. The Finborough Theatre has previously presented his very first play The Rat Trap in 2006 and the UK professional premiere of This Was a Man in 2014.

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