Coward's 'forgotten' play, published to tie in with its world premiere
his wickedly funny final play, NŲeI Coward takes us behind the scenes
of a new West End production. Conjuring up an authentic backstage world
of talent and treachery, Coward creates a gallery of unforgettable
characters; temperamental leading lady, ruthless director, jaded old
troupers and, caught somewhere between them all, innocent young
playwright. From tentative first rehearsal to triumphant opening night,
the clash of egos becomes increasingly and hilariously bloody. But what
emerges from the mayhem is a startling evocation of that most elusive
gift of all - star quality.
This edition, adapted by Chris
Luscombe and introduced by Sheridan Morley, is published to coincide
with the play's West End premiere in October 2001.