‘Volcano’ erupts on West End

Coward title to play limited run

LONDON — Noel Coward’s little-known play “Volcano,” never performed during the author’s lifetime, will receive its West End premiere in a run that starts Aug. 16 following its current U.K. tour.

Written in 1956, the play is a portrait of ex-pat, extra-marital affairs which Coward modeled on various friends including James Bond author Ian Fleming and his wife. Roy Marsden directs a cast led by Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele and Jason Durr.

Produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt, the production opens at the Vaudeville Theater for a seven-week run following the early closure of the MJE Prods.’ run of “What the Butler Saw.” “Volcano” will then be followed by the previously announced production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” starring Ken Stott, Sam West and Anna Friel.

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