Fumed Oak

by  Noël Coward

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 3f

One of the "Tonight At 8:30" series, produced in London and New York. In the middle class drawing room of amiable and hard working Henry Gow passes most of the family life surrounding his harridan wife Doris, his brat daughter Elise, and his complaining mother in law Mrs. Rockett. But Henry is a tur…

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One of the "Tonight At 8:30" series, produced in London and New York. In the middle class drawing room of amiable and hard working Henry Gow passes most of the family life surrounding his harridan wife Doris, his brat daughter Elise, and his complaining mother in law Mrs. Rockett. But Henry is a turned worm when he comes home with a couple of drinks under his belt and a new courage. So he reveals his plans for escape, his long time saving which now makes it possible for him to leave. He vows never to see his family again, jauntily leaves, and saucily slams the door.
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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: The sitting room of the Gows' house in South London.

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1m, 3f
HENRY GOW
DORIS
- his wife
ELSIE - his daughter
MRS. ROCKETT - his mother-in-law
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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 L ...

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Fumed Oak 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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