Noël Coward's uniquely informed take on English society wasn't always defined by his own clipped tones and notions of cricket whites and midday sun. As so much good observational art, it is often at its best not from the inside, but when on the outside looking in. And so Coward, in his post-war years, found himself holed up in Jamaica, penning tales of the colonies and wealthy widows. The long-lost Volcano is one such story.
Written in 1956, with Katherine Hepburn in mind for the lead, the play was never performed in Coward's lifetime. Supposedly inspired by an affair between the playwright's friend Ian Fleming (the Bond author) and a society beauty, Volcano offers an insight into the "decadent, scandal-ridden lifestyle" that Coward and the ex-pat community enjoyed. And what could be more English than that?
Jenny Seagrove takes on the moneyed widow role envisaged for Hepburn, in a production from Thelma Holt and Bill Kenwright that also stars Dawn Steele and Jason Durr. Volcano initially previewed at the Vaudeville Theatre in August and, for the remainder of its run until the end of September, you can take advantage of an incredible range of discounts.
The Special Offer is: Book selected seats to Noël Coward's Volcano and save over 60% on the standard price. For example, Stalls and Dress Circles usually costing £47.50 will now cost £17.99, while Upper Circles usually valued at £20 will retail for just £7.99! The offer is valid for all performances up to and including 27th September (doesn't run Sundays) and operates on a first come first served basis - so book now by following the link below!