The Nightingales

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"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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The Nightingales

by  Peter Quilter

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 3f

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

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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

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