Opens: 14/08/2012 Closes: 29/09/2012 Vaudeville Theatre, LondonJamaica, 1956. Noël Coward was in controversial tax exile and party to the adulterous dalliances of his high profile neighbours – Ian Fleming, for one – inspiring him to pen Volcano; unperformed while Coward was alive. In the shadow of the titular volcano, social and sexual tensions also threaten to erupt as a group gather at widow Adela's idyllic island plantation. Read our verdict on it here. For more information visit: http://www.nimaxtheatres.com/vaudeville-theatre/volcano Buy: https://tickets.nimaxtheatres.com/ShowDatesCombo.aspx
Whatsonstage.com“A mild-to-middling success...” It's as though Coward dumped the public persona that defined his style and his glamour and wrote a play that anyone else might write...
Guardian“Could be described as lukewarm Somerset Maugham...” Has one or two flicks of wit: told that the Samolan natives positively worship the local volcano, Guy's visiting wife tartly says: "I'm finding it difficult to like it." But, in general, the play is flabbily written...
The Telegraph“Reveals Coward’s gloriously sure touch upon the keys of human motivation.” Ultimately Volcano is a curiosity, rather than an unearthed masterpiece. Yet it provides an evening of near-constant entertainment, and of unremitting interest...
Evening Standard“Flat, lifeless and stilted...” His frankness isn’t startling or, crucially, profound and a lone honest scene between one couple comes too late. By this point, we heartily wish all these characters would drown themselves in their own martinis...
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