Collected plays: eight
The eighth volume in the Coward Collection includes I'll Leave It To You and The Young Idea, the first of Coward's plays ever to be produced. These were, as he said, "enthusiastically acclaimed by the critics and ran five weeks and eight weeks respectively. In both of them I appeared with the utmost determination."
This Was a Man, a slightly later play, was written in 1926, after the successes which made his name. It was originally banned by the Lord Chamberlain "for facetious adultery".
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Cocktails please, Blackwell. Blackwell: Yes. sir. (He goes off.) Carol: I suppose
he's been with you as long as the flat? Evelyn: Longer, really; he was my batman
when I was a raw subaltern. Carol (smiling): You must have been rather nice as a
Evelyn: It doesn't happen often. Carol (smiling and patting his arm): Never mind,
Evie. Evelyn: I don't. It's a relief really. Blackwell enters with the cocktails; they
both take tbem. Dinner please, Blackwell. Blackwell: Very good, sir. (He goes out.
(They both laugh.) Carol: You're like a schoolboy. Evelyn: I feel one with you.
Carol: Do I look so terribly old? Evelyn: You know I didn't mean that. Carol: I'll let
you off this time, but you mustn't do it again. Blackwell enters with the soup; he