Jermyn Street Theatre



Three new one-act plays reacting to Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30

By Jenny Ayres, Emma Harding, and Morna Young

“She’s been coming here every Sunday for the past fifty years and he still hasn’t turned up.”

The playwrights of these three funny, moving and provocative plays were chosen from 390 entrants to write a contemporary female response to Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30. They are directed by our Deputy Director, Stella Powell-Jones.

Jenny Ayres’ Glimpse is inspired by Coward’s Still Life. It is the story of a woman whose history holds too much for her to leave behind. In a world that never stops, are we brave enough to wait? What might we glimpse if we miss the train?

Emma Harding’s The Thing Itself reacts to Coward’s Shadow Play. When the sun fails to come up one morning, Vic and Simone must face the dark. But what emerges from the shadows? Truth or illusion?

Morna Young’s Smite is inspired by Coward’s The Astonished Heart. It is a story of buried answers, blind hearts, and life after loss.

★★★★ “Inspired, hugely entertaining, finely honed Reviewsgate
★★★★ “Witty, moving, charming and hugely entertaining The Upcoming
★★★★ “These three jewels of plays sparkle like the brighter stars Spy in the Stalls

★★★★ “The one-act format is powerfully enriching ActDrop

Elaine Claxton- Vic (The Thing Itself) & Mags (Glimpse)
Laura Morgan- Hannah (The Thing Itself), Allie (Smite) & Woman (Glimpse)
Laila Pyne- Simone (The Thing Itself), Trisha (Smite) & Clarke (Glimpse)

Creative Team
Directed by Stella Powell-Jones
Set design by Louie Whitemore
Costume design by Emily Stuart
Lighting design by Tim Mascall
Sound design by Tom Attwood

Running time around two hours and fifteen minutes, including an interval.


Show Times

Tuesday 8th May 3.30pm (MATINEE) Tuesday 8th May 7.30pm:
Monday 14th May 7.30pm. Tuesday 15th May 3.30pm (MATINEE) Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm


£30.00 / £20.00 concessions. Concessions available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. Concessions are available at all performances.

Under 30? – 100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s. Available at all performances.