The Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End becomes the home of “Volcano” from August, giving audiences a chance to see a Noël Coward play that even the man himself missed during his lifetime. Though it was penned in the 1950s it was not staged for the first time until the 1980s and now it is getting the West End treatment with a director in Roy Marsden and a cast that includes Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steel, Jason Durr and more. So when it comes to picking up theatre tickets, few could go wrong with “Volcano” at the Vaudeville Theatre.
“Volcano” tells of eruptions, not just of the volcanic kind but of the tense kind as well as we meet the character of Adela Shelly, a widow whose house is on the side of a volcano, who is seduced by a married man called Guy Littleton. Tensions begin to rise when Melissa, Guy’s wife, arrives on their island and Adela’s friend Ellen begins to fall for him as well, leading to an eruption of hidden secrets and tensions. The play is a compelling one and should provide a unique insight into the work of Coward with a story that has been presented less often than his better known pieces.
Jenny Seagrove appears in the production following a career on the stage and the screen, making her well known around the country, as well as in the London theatre scene. The actress is perhaps best known for appearing in “Judge John Deed” as Jo Mills, though her other credits include “The Night of the Iguana” at the Lyric Theatre, “The Letter” at the Wyndham’s Theatre and “Absurd Person Singular” at the Garrick Theatre. Meanwhile, she has also appeared in movies, with “Local Hero” and “The Guardian” among her credits.
Working under the direction of Roy Marsden and with the mentioned Steel and Durr by her side, Seagrove also stars alongside Perdita Avery, Finty Williams, Robin Sebastian and Tim Daish.
So seeing “Volcano” is a must for any Noël Coward fan as it is a chance to see a show that, whilst penned in the 1950s between “Nude with Violin” and “Look After Lulu!”, was not seen until 1989 in Reading.
It now appears at the Vaudeville Theatre from Thursday 16th August 2012 (previews from Tuesday 14th August 2012) to Saturday 29th September 2012.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 14th August 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 29th September 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
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