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Fallen Angels

13 to 23 June 2001

This is Noel Coward at his inimitable best, gay, debonair, infinitely sophisticated - this is Noel Coward in the style that won him his international reputation as the most successful purveyor of high comedy in present-day theatre. The story is a frothy nothing, but treated by as only Coward can, it provides a continuously amusing two hours, highlighted by recurring moments of insane hilarity. the plot centers on Julia and Jane, best friends and both happily married these five years. But before their marriages, both had had brief affairs with Maurice, French and a great charmer. Now Maurice is visiting London and has asked to see them both. Haply the husbands are gone for a day of golf, and Julia and Jane nervously await Maurice's call. How they quarrel, make up, get high on champagne and quarrel again, what happens when Maurice finally arrives, very late, and the husbands return unexpectedly - these are some of the threads of the action. Probably only Coward could take such material and make it into the evening of sheer entertainment he has.