After the Ball

by  Oscar Wilde, Noël Coward, Barry Day

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  6m, 6f

This concert version of the Noël Coward musical based on Oscar Wilde's classic play premiered at the Covent Garden Festival and the Chicago Humanities Festival to honor Noël Coward in his Centenary Year. The young Lady Windermere discovers that her husband has been seeing Mrs. Erlynne...

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This concert version of the Noël Coward musical based on Oscar Wilde's classic play premiered at the Covent Garden Festival and the Chicago Humanities Festival to honor Noël Coward in his Centenary Year. The young Lady Windermere discovers that her husband has been seeing Mrs. Erlynne, a fascinating older woman, so she determines to run away with her admirer, Lord Darlington. Her honor is saved when Mrs. Erlynne intervenes and, in the process, compromises herself in the eyes of Victorian society. Lady Windermer never learns that her savior is the mother she thought was dead. This period concert version restores Coward's original libretto, reinstates important cut songs and adds new linking material.

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Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910, Victorian (British and American)
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Turn of the century. Lord and Lady Windermere's London townhouse in near Hyde Park.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

6m, 6f
DUCHESS OF BERWICK
LADY WINDERMERE
LORD WINDERMERE
LORD DARLINGTON
LADY AGATHA - the Duchess' daughter
MR. HOPPER
MR. DUMBY
MR. CECIL GRAHAM
LORD AUGUSTUS
LADY JEDBURGH
LADY STUTFIELD
LADY PLYMDALE
PARKER - the butler
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

19 Piano/Vocal Scores
Violin A (Concert Master)
Violin B
Violin C
Viola
Cello
Bass 1
Bass 2
Harp
Horn 1
Horn 2
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Drums
Guitar
Flute/Piccolo
Clarinet 1
Clarinet 2
Bass Clarinet

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Authors

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde and his wife Jane. While studying at Oxford, he was fascinated by the aesthetic movement and eventually became a proponent for L'art pour l'art ("Art for Art's Sake"), and wrote the award-winning poem Ravenna. After he graduated in 1879, he moved to Chel ...

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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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Barry Day

Barry Day

After the Ball was first performed at the Covent Garden Festival on May 27th, 1999 at the Peacock Theatre in London. It was directed by Paul Curran. It was first performed in the United States at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 13, 1999 in the Auditorium Theatre. 

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