The small but highly rated Finborough Theatre offer a rare opportunity to see Noel Coward’s ‘This Was A Man’.
This is the first time that the play has been professionally performed in the UK after it was banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1925 for its ‘irreverent treatment of adultery’.
To have a UK premiere 89 years after it was written must be a record of some kind, although it was produced in New York and across Europe.
The play itself is centred around Edward Churt who is a successful painter nand his wife Carol who is said to have a “vivid personality composed of a minimum of intellect and a maximum of sex”. It is Carol’s affairs that form the focus of the play which is played againt the usual Coward background of themes of social mores in interwar Britain.
This Was A Man was refused licence by the Lord Chamberlain (Britain’s theatre censor) at the time, it was said the play trivialised adultery and not even Coward’s popularity at the time could prevent it from being banned.
The Finborough Theatre production is directed by Belinda Lang, and the cast includes Nicholas Audsley, Georgina Rylance,James De Courcey, Alex Corbet Burcher, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Robert Portal and Grace Thurgood
Runs from 15 July – 2 August 2014
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 26 July 2014)
15 – 20 July 2014
Tickets £16, £14 concessions
except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (15 and 16 July) £12 all seats.
£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, 19 July 2014 when booked online only.
22 July – 2 August 2014
Tickets £18, £16 concessions
except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
For more information and to book tickets , visit the Finborough Theatre website here
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