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Cost £12 / £10 concs
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House of Cowards by Dannie Abse is a sardonic comedy set in spring 1958. Adam Shemtov a mystical man known as The Speaker, is due to give a widely anticipated speech on the human condition to the downtrodden inhabitants of North Willingstone, a claustrophobic provincial town. To the Hicks family his arrival heralds the possible return of a more optimistic life and the happiness that has long eluded them. Meanwhile, Mr. Nott, an estranged widower, arrives from London in search of an old friend Mason. The search for lost friends and meaning to a humdrum world go on but will the characters find what they are looking for?

Dannie Abse is best known as a poet and has also written many plays including Pythagoras staged last year at Pentameters. This production is the first revival of this award winning play in 50 years and coincides with celebrations for Dannie Abse's 90th birthday in September.

The House of Cowards was first performed at The Questors Theatre, Ealing in 1960 and won the Charles Henry Foyle Award for Best Play produced outside the West End of London. It was chosen by J.C.Trewin for Vol. 23, Plays of the Year and later included in Twelve Great Plays 1970 (editor Leonard F.Dean, Harcourt Brace N.Y) along side Ibsen, Chekov, Brecht, Pirandello and Tenessee Williams. It’s first professional production was at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Cardiff in 1963.


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