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Picnic & Open Theatre: Fallen Angels by Noel Coward
31st July 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
For this year’s Summer Festival, Kent Rep has chosen one of Noël Coward’s most enduring and outrageous comedies. First produced in 1925, Fallen Angels was an overnight sensation. Described by the press as ‘amoral’, ‘obscene’, and ‘an insult to British womanhood’ the play centres around two respectable married women who have enjoyed pre-marital affairs with the same Frenchman and who is now threatening to visit them in London.
Faced with the prospect of exposure and embarrassment, Jane and Julia reminisce over a champagne-fuelled dinner and discuss their options whilst awaiting the visit of their former lover. Inevitably their conversation becomes an alcoholic duologue of mutual recrimination and resentment and climaxes with hysterics and a farcical exchange of ineffectual blows and missiles. Hilarious!
Of course, the shock horror reaction of the press ensured box office success. And it has proved no less popular ever since because ultimately it is simply wonderful entertainment. Come along this summer and judge for yourselves!