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Nightingales,The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Nightingales,The

Peter Quilter

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573113499

The Nightingales
by Peter Quilter

"A heartwarming play, effervescent and witty, yet also with depth ... The highlight of the season" - The Epoch Times
“Comedy, satire, and a happy ending that pulls out all the stops" - The Express

It is the 1950s and this charming comedy introduces the Nightingales, members of a theatrical family who perform more at home than they d…

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$14.95
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play -

The living room of the theatrical Nightingale family, 1950s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Tours

It is the 1950s and this charming comedy introduces the Nightingales, members of a theatrical family who perform more at home than they do on the stage. Jack is a cabaret star, as in love with his piano as he is with his silk dressing gowns.

His parents, Charlie and Beatrice, are old Music Hall stars, full of hilarious tales of life on the road. Maggie performs with Jack in the evenings and regularly visits his house to rehearse, drink tea, and tell the sorry tale of her latest romantic disaster. If only she and Jack realized that their true love was right in front of them. The sudden arrival of Charlie and Beatrice, asking to stay with Jack for a few days, throws his and Maggie's lives into chaos. They promise to be gone by Christmas, but this provides little comfort given that it is only January 7th!


Jack's housekeeper Geraldine copes masterfully with the ensuing disruption, but then Beatrice unexpectedly disappears. It seems that this was not a simple visit, but an opportunity for her to leave Charlie and run off to another liaison in France. The question is, will anyone find their true love? Are there such things as happy endings? And what do performers do once the spotlight goes out?

This is a very funny, touching showbusiness comedy, bursting with one-liners and lovable characters.

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REVIEWS

"A heartwarming play, effervescent and witty, yet also with depth ... The highlight of the season" - The Epoch Times

“Comedy, satire, and a happy ending that pulls out all the stops" - The Express

"Enthusiastic applause greeted this charming showbusiness comedy filled with dry laconic humour,    lovable crazy fun, and a touching dash of nostalgia" - General Anzeiger


Premiere in Bonn, Germany December 2011, followed by productions in the UK, Australia, USA and Canada.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

JACK - 40s/50s. 
MAGGIE - 40s/50s. 
CHARLIE - Jack's father, 60s/70s. 
BEATRICE - Jack's mother, 60s/70s. 
GERALDINE - Jack's housekeeper, 30s/40s.

Author
Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter's plays have been presented in major theatres in 38 countries around the world and translated into 27 languages. He has had a hit show on Broadway and three successful plays in London's West End. Peter has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award (Best New Play 2011 and Best New Comedy 2006) and his Broadway debut was nominated for three Tony Awards. view full profile

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