Polly Adams, Tim Chipping, Philip Correia and More Lead HOME CHAT, Beginning Tonight at Finborough
"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 Noël Coward opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season tonight, 1 September, with another press night tomorrow, 2 September 2016.
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.
Director Martin Parr was nominated for an Off WestEnd Award for Best Director for his production of Hamlet (Rose Theatre, Bankside). Theatre includes Sense and Sensibility (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts), The Eighth Wonder of the World (Brunel Tunnels), The Devil to Pay on Brook Street (Handel House, Mayfair), Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and Doctor Faustus (Rose Theatre, Bankside), The Three Georges (Gottingen Festival), A Door Must be Kept Open or Shut (Osborne Studio), A Night in CDU (Landor Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (St George's, Bloomsbury). Opera includes Acis and Galatea (Canons, London), Teixeira's Te Deum and Handel's Messiah (Casa Da Musica, Portugal), L'Ippolito (Festival de Sable and Ambronnay Festival) and Comus (London Handel Festival). Assistant Direction includes 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse). Martin is also an Associate with Actors From The London Stage, who tour Shakespeare plays to the USA twice a yeaR. Martin originally trained and worked as an actor, working at theatres across the United Kingdom and America.
IF YOU GO:
by Noël Coward
Directed by Martin Parr. Designed by Rebecca Brower. Costume Design by Charlotte Espiner. Lighting Design by Christopher Nairne. Music by Cathy Jayes. Sound Design by Pete Malkin. Presented by ElmTree Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.
PRESS NIGHTS: THURSDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2016 AND FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 7.30PM
Tuesday, 30 August - Saturday, 24 September 2016
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from 10 September 2016).
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 3 September 2016 when booked online only.
Prices from 13 September 2016 - Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.