>85 years after it was written, The Better Half, a one act play e by Noel Coward, has been rediscovered in the archive of the British Library. The play, despite its suggestions that women had sexual feelings, had escaped the Lord Chamberlain’s censure and had been performed in 1922, though it was never published.
The Better Half is being performed by The Sticking Place theatre company at the Union Theatre in Southwark (South London) between 16th October and 10th November as part of the company’s Annual Horror Theatre Festival.
Highlighting the discovery of the play, BBC Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour, recently took a look at the women in Coward’s life. The programme remains available online here.
‘Lost’ Noel Coward play uncovered – BBC News
Coward’s long-lost satire was almost too ‘daring’ about women – The Guardian
Coward Play Rediscovered – Theatre in Wales
The Better Half – Wikipedia
The Better Half
The Union Theatre
October 16th – November 10th 2007 (Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pm)
Tickets (Tue-Thu) £10, £8 concessions (Fri-Sat) £12, £10 concessions
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