In his wickedly funny final play, NöeI Coward takes us behind the scenes of a new West End production. Conjuring up an authentic backstage world of talent and treachery, Coward creates a gallery of unforgettable characters; a temperamental leading lady, a ruthless director, the jaded old troupers and, caught somewhere between them all, an innocent young playwright. From tentative first rehearsal to triumphant opening night, the clash of egos becomes increasingly and hilariously bloody. But what emerges from the mayhem is a startling evocation of that most elusive gift of all – star quality.
Christopher Luscombe has adapted Coward’s original short story and his largely unproduced script to create a version which premiered at the Theatre Royal Windsor in 2001.