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Tonight at 8.30 

Dame Joan Collins takes on all of Gertrude Lawrence's lead roles in rare and entertaining television productions of eight out of the nine thirty-minute playlets by Noël Coward which he and ... See full summary »
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Joan Collins ...  Doris Gow / ... 8 episodes, 1991
Edward Duke Edward Duke ...  Ally Corbett / ... 4 episodes, 1991
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Dame Joan Collins takes on all of Gertrude Lawrence's lead roles in rare and entertaining television productions of eight out of the nine thirty-minute playlets by Noël Coward which he and Lawrence performed on-stage in sets of three from 1935 as "Tonight at 8.30". Written by Peter Blight

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UK

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English

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14 April 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Joan Collins in 8 Coward playlets
2 July 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From 1991, Joan Collins stars in a series of 8 playlets by Noel Coward. In the 7-set Noel Coward collection; many cite this disk as the best. I have to agree, at least from what I've seen thus far.

Collins appears alongside ex-husband Anthony Newley, John Nettles from Midsomer Mysteries, Sian Phillips, Edward Duke, Jane Asher, Joan Simms, John Standing and others.

Coward wrote these for himself and Gertrude Lawrence, and they performed them (with an additional one or two) in the past on stage, several on each of three nights, and then repeating the series for the rest of the week.

Both Coward and Lawrence are theatrical legends and there is no conceivable way Collins and group could replicate the performances undoubtedly given by their predecessors. However, these playlets are still well performed. The first is far and away my favorite, Hands Across the Sea, and most suited to Collins. It contains a hilarious bit where the confused Collins and her husband sing lyrics to one another trying to figure out who their guests are, since they aren't the ones expected.

Collins is reasonably successful in all the playlets. I haven't seen these performed before so I can't compare them to any other productions. Sian Phillips in three of the playlets was fantastic as always.

It's hard today for us to realize just how famous Coward and Lawrence were since we have so many celebrities today and so few people who can match their abilities. Coward wrote these plays, the music, and acted in them. Quite a feat. I recommend this particular disk.


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