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Previewed 14 August 2012, Opened 16 August 2012, Closed 29 September 2012 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
The first major West End production of Noel Coward's play Volcano in London starring Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele and Jason Durr.
Recently widowed Adela Shelly finds herself being seduced by the suave Guy Littleton, a visitor to her elegant Pacific house on the side of an island volcano. When Guy's acid-tongued wife Melissa decides to fly in to see off the competition, she hasn't contemplated that Adela's best friend, Ellen, might also be falling for her husband... and as tensions bubble up from under the surface and begin to erupt, so does the volcano, all with explosive consequences...
Never performed in the author's lifetime due to the climate at the time, this is the first major production of a work which gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous island lifestyle which Noel Coward himself enjoyed.
This production of Volcano in London features Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele and Jason Durr along with Finty Williams, Perdita Avery, Robin Sebastian and Tim Daish. The production is directed by Roy Marsden with designs by Simon Scullion, lighting by Mike Robertson and sound by Matthew Bugg. Jenny Seagrove has numerous London West End stage credits including Tennessee Williams' The Night Of The Iguana, William Gibson's The Miracle Worker and Richard Harris' Dead Guilty.
"Volcano is a rarity. Having lain dormant since Noel Coward wrote it in 1956, it now gets its very first West End performance, starring Jenny Seagrove as the sexy widow Adela who lives alone on her tropical island of Samolo, a minute British colony where she grows bananas... But while it's not too hard to watch, it is very hard to believe that this was written by the man who wrote Private Lives. Where is the dazzling repartee?... As it is, the play features Seagrove's amazing figure, the sound of cicadas and the rumblings of the symbolic volcano... Coward completists won't want to miss this piece, well directed by Roy Marsden, who does what he can with it. If you have to go, take a hip flask and don't expect any dramatic eruptions." The Mail on Sunday
Volcano in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 14 August 2012, opened on 16 August 2012 and closed on 29 September 2012.