A Song at Twilight

by  Noël Coward

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"Coward at his zenith." - London Daily Express

This bittersweet comedy is the story of a cosmopolitan author caught in his declining years between two women, one being his wife of convenience for twenty years, the other, one of his former loves. 

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A Song at Twilight

by  Noël Coward

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This bittersweet comedy is the story of a cosmopolitan author caught in his declining years between two women, one being his wife of convenience for twenty years, the other, one of his former loves. There is a bit of the detective story in this, too, for the former flame produces some old love letters which she is about to turn over to a biographer. He is dead set against it, for it would compromise his impeccable reputation until she produces still another set of love letters, even more damaging, written to a male friend of his early youth. It remains for the wife of convenience to say that she has known about this all along, and to send the old flame off with an entirely different opinion. The blackmail fails, but the rue remains. Mr. Coward, Lilli Palmer and Irene Worth played in the London production. Produced in New York under the title Noel Coward in Two Keys.

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"Coward at his zenith." - London Daily Express

Keywords

Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A private suite in a luxurious hotel in Switzerland; evening. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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Casting

2m, 2f

HILDE LATYMER
HUGO LATYMER
CARLOTTA GRAY
FELIX - a waiter.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

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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A Song at Twilight was first presented by H. M. Tennent Ltd at the Queen's Theatre in London, on April 14, 1966. It was directed by Vivian Matalon.

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