Home Chat by Noël Coward opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 in a unique rediscovery in its first UK production since its premiere in 1927.
The Finborough Theatre is known for bringing forgotten classics back to the London stage, and this new production of Home Chat is no exception.
Janet Ebony and her best friend Peter Chelsworth are innocently sharing a sleeping compartment when their train to Paris is involved in a disastrous railway accident. Outrage and scandal ensue as Janet’s husband Paul and her fearsome mother-in-law accuse Janet and Peter of adultery. Aghast at their families’ accusations, Janet and Peter decide to take revenge by inventing an adulterous affair.
Written with Noël Coward’s trademark wit and insight, Home Chat is a distinctly modern comedy about female sexuality and fidelity, in a society rigidly governed by decorum and reputation.
The cast includes Polly Adams (National Theatre, West End, Chichester Festival Theatre, Old Vic), Tim Chipping (West End, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Philip Correia (Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Joanna David (West End, National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange), Richard Dempsey (West End, National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Nelly Harker (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bath Theatre Royal, Rose Theatre Kingston), Robert Hazle (Rose Playhouse, Bankside, Watermill Theatre), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre, Lyceum Edinburgh, West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Zoë Waites (Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre, Almeida, Theatre Royal Bath.)
Director Martin Parr was nominated for an OffWestEnd Award for Best Director for his production of Hamlet (Rose Theatre, Bankside). Martin is also an Associate with Actors From The London Stage, who tour Shakespeare plays to the USA twice a year. Martin originally trained and worked as an actor, working at theatres across the United Kingdom and America.