Noel Coward comedy delivers social snobbery satire


  • Melville Theatre Cnr Stock Road & Canning Hwy Palmyra 6157
Geraldine Harrington, left, Sean Bullock, Susan Lynch and Darren Goodison are appearing in Noel Coward’s Relative Values this July.

Geraldine Harrington, left, Sean Bullock, Susan Lynch and Darren Goodison are appearing in Noel Coward’s Relative Values this July.

Social snobbery in all its guises comes to the fore in Melville Theatre’s latest production, as old views of British society clash with contemporary attitudes of American culture.

Written by Noel Coward and directed by Tarryn Harris (née Bullock), Relative Values is a comedy about the Earl of Marshwood choosing a Hollywood actress as his bride. Her arrival at Marshwood Manor sends everyone into a tailspin, given she lives her life off-screen as though she is still in front of the camera.

Coward is famous for a wealth of plays including Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design For Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit. Relative Values was first performed in 1951 and adapted into a 2000 film featuring Julie Andrews, Colin Firth and William Baldwin.

 

THE DETAILS

  • WHEN: July 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 at 8pm and Matinee July 20 at 2pm. 
  • WHERE: Melville Theatre, Corner Stock Road & Canning Highway, Palmyra
  • COST: Standard $20, Concession $15
  • BOOKINGS: Book by phone (08) 9330 4565 or online