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Astonished Heart, The - Short Play, Drama

Astonished Heart, The

Noël Coward

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Short Play, Drama

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573620201

One of the "Tonight at 8:30" series produced in London and New York. In psychiatrist Christian Faber's drawing room sits his weeping wife and his sad assistants, waiting for the siren Leonora. In four flashbacks the story emerges: Leonora, a girlhood chum, visited Christian's wife and was introduced…

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The drawing room of the Farber's flat in London.

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No intermission

Interior Set

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College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

One of the "Tonight at 8:30" series produced in London and New York. In psychiatrist Christian Faber's drawing room sits his weeping wife and his sad assistants, waiting for the siren Leonora. In four flashbacks the story emerges: Leonora, a girlhood chum, visited Christian's wife and was introduced to him. She set out to capture her friend's husband but was captured herself. She threw him over because of his jealousy. He jumped out of the window. Leonora has come because Christian calls for her on his death bed. She returns slowly from his room to announce he has died and that his last words were tender ones to his wife, for whom he mistook Leonora.
The Astonished Heart was first produced as one of a series of nine one-act plays under the title Tonight At 8:30 at the Phoenix Theatre in January 1936 under the direction of Noel Coward.
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CASTING

4m, 3f

CHRISTIAN FARBER 
BARBARA
LEONORA VAIL
SUSAN BIRCH
TIM VERNEY
ERNEST
SIR REGINALD FRENCH

Author
Noël Coward

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a ... view full profile

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