Coward’s A Song at Twilight at Cambridge Arts Theatre, March 4-9

PUBLISHED: 16:37 20 February 2019

Jane Asher and Simon Callow in A Song at Twilight

Jane Asher and Simon Callow in A Song at Twilight

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Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in Noel Coward’s A Song at Twilight at Cambridge Arts Theatre from March 4-9.

Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in Noel Coward’s A Song at Twilight at Cambridge Arts Theatre from March 4-9.

The play is one of a trio of plays collectively entitled Suite in Three Keys, all set in the same suite in a luxury hotel in Switzerland.

It centres on an elderly writer confronted by his former mistress with facts about his past life that he would prefer to forget.

First produced in 1966, the play is one of Coward’s last works for the stage.

The original idea for A Song at Twilight was inspired by a biography of Max Beerbohm, Coward said: “I thought how funny this was. There was Max’s old flame coming to visit him, but so much more vital still than him that she totally exhausted him in seconds.”

The play was first produced at the Queen’s Theatre, London on 14 April 1966. Suite in Three Keys was planned by Coward as his theatrical swan song. He said: “I would like to act once more before I fold my bedraggled wings.”

7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees Thursday and Saturday. Tickets 01223 503333 or cambridgeartstheatre.com.

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