Hands Across the Sea

by  Noël Coward

Short Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

One of the "Tonight At 8:30" series produced in London and New York. Lady Gilpin (Piggie) is so busy with social duties and gossip that she has no time for coherent thinking.

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Hands Across the Sea

by  Noël Coward

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    6m, 3f
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One of the "Tonight At 8:30" series produced in London and New York. Lady Gilpin (Piggie) is so busy with social duties and gossip that she has no time for coherent thinking. She is set aflutter when her drawing room is suddenly filled with her husband's naval conferees, blueprint delivery boys and dumpy Mr. and Mrs. Wadhurst from the Far East, who flighty Piggie mistakes for the Rawlingsons. The Wadhursts overhear intimate phone conversations, are stumbled over, spilled upon and completely ignored before Piggie finally gets it straight.

Published in Tonight at 8:30.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting: The drawing room of the Gilpins' flat in London

Casting

6m, 3f

LADY MAUREEN GILPIN (PIGGIE)
COMMANDER PETER GILPIN, R.N.
- Maureen's Husband
THE HON. CLARE WEDDERBURN
LIEUT.-COMMANDER ALASTAIR CORBETT, R.N.
MAJOR GOSLING (BOGEY)
MR. WADHURST
MRS. WADHURST
MR. BURNHAM
WALTERS

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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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Hands Across the Sea 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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