Relative Values

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DOI: 10.5040/9781408163016.00000004
Acts: 3. Scenes: 4. Roles: Male (5) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Miranda Frayle is an actress who has risen, she says, from poverty and cockney squalor to acquire a higher station in life: a station she intends to consolidate by her marriage to the wealthy Nigel Marshwood, son of Felicity, Countess of Marchwood.

What Miranda doesn't know is that her future mother-in-law's maid, Moxie, is in fact Miranda's sister, a sister she was raised with not in squalor, but in bourgeois and ordinary surroundings in Sidcup. When Moxie hears Miranda romanticising and slandering her family, she cannot help but reveal the connection.

An upstairs–downstairs satire of the complexities of snobbery and reverse snobbery, Relative Values was first performed in 1951, premiering at the Savoy Theatre, London in November of that year, restoring Coward's contemporary reputation as a playwright after a string of post-war box-office flops.

From Coward Plays: 5

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Noël Coward

ISBN: 9780413517401

Series: World Classics

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