Following a disastrous train crash in Paris, during which Janet Ebony and her best friend, Peter Chelsworth, are sharing a sleeping compartment, scandalous outrage ensues as Janet’s husband, Paul, and her fearsome mother-in-law accuse them of adultery and public indiscretion.
Matters are made worse when Janet’s equally fearsome mother and Peter’s fiancée, Lavinia Hardy, enter the maelstrom. Confusion, accusation and outrage are the order of the day as Janet and Peter, aghast at their families’ disapproval, plot to invent an adulterous affair, to test the limits of their warring kin.
As the play reaches its climax, everybody’s world is turned on its head as, after a series of devilish twists, the true deceivers are revealed and Janet steps into a new and surprising future . . .
Home Chat received its world premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in 1927, and was revived at the Finborough Theatre, London, in 2016.