Coward classic takes to the stage

PUBLISHED: 15:47 06 June 2012

Bill Kenwright production of
THE VOLCANO
by Noel Coward
directed by Roy Marsden

Bill Kenwright production of THE VOLCANO by Noel Coward directed by Roy Marsden

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NOEL Coward’s tale of Caribbean romance will take to the stage in Bath next week.

Volcano visits the Theatre Royal on its first major UK tour.

Starring Jenny Seagrove (Judge John Deed, A Woman of Substance), Dawn Steele (Wild at Heart, Monarch of the Glen), and Jason Durr (Heartbeat, Above Suspicion), it will be staged from Monday until June 16.

Recently widowed, Adela Shelly finds herself being wooed by the suave and charismatic Guy Littleton, a visitor to her elegant Caribbean house on the side of an island volcano.

When Guy’s acid-tongued wife, Melissa, decides to fly in and see off the competition, she does not count on Adela’s best friend, Ellen, also falling for Guy’s charms.

As tensions begin to bubble under the surface, so does the volcano and the results are explosive.

Written in 1956, during Coward’s self-exile in Jamaica, this will be the first major production of this steamy tale of Caribbean adultery, which was originally envisioned for Katharine Hepburn but never performed in the author’s lifetime.

Tickets, priced £17.50-33.50, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or via www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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