We Were Dancing is set at a dinner-dance on a South Sea island, where two married people fall suddenly in love when they are dancing – unfortunately they are not married to each other. They spend a blissful night planning their future and trying to shrug off Louise’s husband, but as the next day dawns and the music has stopped, little of the last night’s enchantment remains.
We Were Dancing is a short play from Tonight at 8.30, originally starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself, conceived by Coward as an antidote to the boredom of a long run of the same script. It is a sequence of ten plays to be performed by the same cast in sets of three, alternating matinées and evenings, ranging from farce to melodrama to romantic comedy.
After touring, Tonight at 8.30 was produced at the Phoenix Theatre in London in 1936.