This is the play that turned Noel Coward into a star.
Written by the 24-year-old Coward, with a lead role, Nicky, penned for himself, its scandalous storyline of London Society’s promiscuity shocked many. Nicky, a young musician, returns from a spell savouring the decadence of Paris, with a fiancé in tow and some dubious new habits. In his absence, his socialite mother, Florence, has amused herself with the latest in a succession of lovers half her age. Whilst the partying and sparkling wit continues, it leads inevitably to an emotional showdown between mother and son.
It made Coward not only an overnight sensation but delivered a huge commercial success. It is now recognised as a masterpiece, marrying all of Coward’s trademark wit and trenchant one-liners with a powerful emotional vortex.