Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Coward series tops 2009 Shaw Festival

The Shaw Festival will present a group of rarely performed one-act plays by British playwright Noel Coward in its 2009 season.

Coward, known for his light-hearted comedies, wrote the Tonight at 8.30 series for himself and his acting partner, Gertrude Lawrence, in 1935.

He created the set of 10 one-act plays to avoid the boredom of a three-month run of a single play.

Organizers of the Shaw Festival, based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., call the production of the plays, ranging from comedy to fantasy to history, a "once-in-a-lifetime celebration" of Coward's work.

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