Tonight At 8.30 at Jermyn Street Theatre

Monday 5 March 2018

London West End - Rep - Seasons

Casting is announced for the first complete London revival since 1936 of Noël Coward's 'Tonight at 8.30' which plays at Jermyn Street Theatre from from 10 April to 20 May 2018.
Tonight At 8.30 at the Jermyn Street Theatre

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Noël Coward's Tonight at 8.30, running from 10 April to 20 May at Jermyn Street Theatre, features nine one-act plays ranging from music-hall pastiche, to light comedies, to heartbreaking drama - from the railway station of Still Life to the Pacific island of We Were Dancing; from the music-hall of Red Peppers to the ache of The Astonished Heart.

The plays are arranged into three trios entitled Secret Hearts, Nuclear Families, and Bedroom Farces, with the chance to see all three trios in a single day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Final casting has now been announced for this first complete London revival of Tonight at 8.30 since 1936, being staged by Jermyn Street Theatre as part of its 'The Reaction Season' - 15 plays and musicals - 12 of them one-act - based around themes of reacting and re-enacting.

In Tonight At 8.30, nine actors play the 73 roles across the cycle of plays.

The ensemble cast includes Olivier Award-winning Sara Crowe (her West End roles include Sybil in Private Lives, Calendar Girls, Bedroom Farce), Ian Hallard, who was nominated for Best Actor for The Boys in the Band in last year's WhatsOnStage Awards, Nick Waring (Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, The Heart of Things, Jermyn Street Theatre), Miranda Foster (Gertrude, Hamlet, Shakespeare's Globe; Harry, Springs Eternal, Orange Tree Theatre), and Olivier Award nominee Rosemary Ashe.

Musical direction and piano is provided by Coward specialist Stefan Benardzcyk, who also plays a number of roles.

Jeremy Rose (currently at English Theatre Frankfurt in Jekyll and Hyde), Boadicea Ricketts (nominated for two OffWestEndAwards as Best Actress and Best Ensemble in her debut as Sylv in the revival of Steven Berkoff's East), and Ben Wiggins (Princess Katherine, Henry V, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) complete the cast.

Tonight At 8.30 at Jermyn Street Theatre

Cast of Tonight At 8.30

Set design is by Louie Whitemore, twice nominated for OffWestEnd Awards for her work at Jermyn Street Theatre last year, and costume designs are by Emily Stuart (two-time OffWestEnd Award winner).

Choreography is by Gabriella Bird, lighting by Tim Mascall, and sound by Tom Attwood.

The plays are directed by Tom Littler, Jermyn Street Theatre's Artistic Director, who said ...

"This is the most ambitious season in our 24-year history, and I am incredibly grateful to all of the people who have helped to set it up.

I am very excited to be directing the whole of Noël Coward's Tonight at 8.30 - in our intimate studio space, I think these plays can be revealed as works of extraordinary insight, wit, and emotional impact.

Although each trio stands alone, I hope people will come to experience the full breadth of this remarkable cycle, which I count as Coward's finest achievement."

You can see all three trios of plays on Saturdays and Sundays and, with a Weekend Trilogy Ticket + Meal Deal, your day will include a delicious two-course dinner at Getti Restaurant.


Noel Coward's dazzling versatility shines across nine one-act plays.

Bedroom Farces (We Were Dancing, Ways and Means, Shadow Play).

Secret Hearts (Star Chamber, Red Peppers, Still Life).

Nuclear Families (Family Album, Hands Across the Sea, The Astonished Heart).

From the railway station of Still Life to the Pacific island of We Were Dancing; from the music-hall of Red Peppers to the ache of The Astonished Heart, this is the first complete London revival since 1936.

The nine plays are arranged into three trios, called Nuclear Families, Bedroom Farces, and Secret Hearts.

Each trio stands alone.

On Saturdays and Sundays, you can see the entire cycle across a single day, with breaks for lunch and dinner.

With a Weekend Trilogy Ticket + Meal Deal your day will include a delicious two-course dinner at Getti Restaurant.

Bedroom Farces

"I knew marrying you was a mistake seven years ago - but I never realised the thoroughness of the mistake until now."

Affairs of the heart, the bed, and the chequebook are wittily and touchingly captured in this trio of plays, containing some of Coward's most popular music.

We Were Dancing, a comedy featuring Coward's song of the same title, is set on an idyllic island, where the guests of a country club are enmeshed in a complex web of extra-marital affairs.

Ways and Means is a comedy about the bohemian Stella and Toby, who go from villa to villa on the Côte d'Azur.

But when they cannot pay their gambling debts, they plan to make an easy fortune …

Shadow Play is a 'musical fantasy'.

Peppered with songs and dances including 'Play, Orchestra, Play', it is a moving portrait of a marriage under strain.

Running time approx 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval.

Secret Hearts

"I know that this is the beginning of the end - not the end of my love for you - but the end of our being together."

Secret dreams, unfulfilled ambitions and impossible desires: this trio of two plays and one musical comedy has everything from outrageous farce to heartbreaking romance.

Star Chamber is a comedy about a charity committee meeting, set in a theatre and peopled by outrageous characters.

Red Peppers is a riotous tribute to music-hall.

George and Lily Pepper battle with tiny dressing rooms, a grumbling audience, and a drunken pianist.

Still Life was later immortalised as Brief Encounter.

In a station refreshment room, Laura meets Alec.

Running time around 2 hours 15 minutes, including an interval.

Nuclear Families

"You'd better come and dine tonight - I'm on a diet, so there's only spinach."

The glitter of middle-class life is exposed as the thinnest of façades in these three plays, ranging from laugh-out-loud comedy to mesmeric drama.

Family Album is a social comedy wickedly poking fun at Victorian sentiment.

The Featherways family have gathered to mourn their father. But the siblings are not on their best behaviour. 

Hands Across the Sea is a glittering comedy reminiscent of Hay Fever.

Naval officer Peter Gilpin and his wife 'Piggie' are the most eccentric party hosts in London.

The Astonished Heart is a gripping drama of secrecy and betrayal.

A brilliant psychiatrist, Christian appears to have the perfect life. Then he meets Leonora …

Running time around 2 hours 30 minutes, including an interval.


Rosemary Ashe: Clara (We Were Dancing), Nanny (Ways and Means), Martha (Shadow Play), Lily Pepper (Red Peppers) Violet (Star Chamber), Myrtle (Still Life), Emily (Family Album), Clare Wedderburn (Hands Across the Sea).

Stefan Bednarczyk Musical Director / Piano and playing: Major Blake (We Were Dancing), Alf (Red Peppers), Jimmie Horlick (Star Chamber), Albert (Still Life), Bu:rrows (Family Album), Peter (Hands Across the Sea), Sir Reginald (The Astonished Heart)

Sara Crowe: Louise Charteris (We Were Dancing), Olive Lloyd-Ransom (Ways and Means), Victoria  (Shadow Play), Xenia James (Star Chamber), Dolly (Still Life), Lavinia (Family Album), Mrs Wadhurst (Hands Across the Sea), Leonora (The Astonished Heart).

Miranda Foster: Stella (Ways and Means), Sibyl (Shadow Play), Miss Mabel Grace (Red Peppers) Dame Rose (Star Chamber), Laura (Still Life), Jane (Family Album), Piggie (Hands Across the Sea), Barbara (The Astonished Heart).

Ian Hallard: Karl (We Were Dancing), Chaps (Ways and Means), Simon (Shadow Play), Johnny Bolton (Star Chamber), Johnnie (Still Life), Richard (Family Album), Mr Wadhurst (Hands Across the Sea).

Jeremy Rose: Servant (We Were Dancing), Gaston (Ways and Means), George Cunningham (Shadow Play), George Pepper (Red Peppers), Julian Breed (Star Chamber), Bill (Still Life), Edward (Family Album), Ally (Hands Across the Sea), Ernest (The Astonished Heart).

Boadicea Ricketts: Eva (We Were Dancing), Princess Eléna (Ways and Means), Lena (Shadow Play), Hester (Star Chamber), Beryl (Still Life), Harriet (Family Album), Walters (Hands Across the Sea), Susan (The Astonished Heart).

Nick Waring: Hubert Charteris (We Were Dancing), Toby Cartwright (Ways and Means), Michael (Shadow Play), Mr Edwards (Red Peppers), Mr Farmer (Star Chamber), Alec (Still Life), Jasper Featherways (Family Album), Major 'Bogey' Gosling (Hands Across the Sea), Christian (The Astonished Heart).

Ben Wiggins: George (We Were Dancing), Stevens (Ways and Means), Young Man (Shadow Play), Alf (Red Peppers), Maurice (Star Chamber), Stanley (Still Life), Charles (Family Album), Mr Burnham (Hands Across the Sea), Tim (The Astonished Heart).


Author: Noël Coward
Director: Tom Littler
Set designer: Louie Whitemore
Costume designer: Emily Stuart
Musical direction: Stefan Bednarczyk
Choreography: Gabbie Bird
Lighting: Tim Mascall
Sound: Tom Attwood
Production: Jermyn Street Theatre


Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street


From: Tuesday 10 April 2018

Closes: Sunday 20 May 2018


Previews: Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 15 April - £15.00



Trilogy tickets available at weekends - £75

Meals deals also available at weekends with trilogy tickets


£20 (after Sunday 29 April all tickets are full price)

Trilogy tickets available at weekends - £50

100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s - available before Friday 20 April.

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