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This Was A Man - Full Length Play, Drama

This Was A Man

Noël Coward

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573114427

“I loathe this age and everything to do with it. Men of my sort are the products of over-civilisation. All the red-blooded honest-to-God emotions have been squeezed out of us.”


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Full Length Play


Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play -

ACT I -Scene I. Edward Churt's studio in Knightsbridge - 2.30am.
Scene II. The same, a few weeks later.

ACT II - Scene. Evelyn Bathurst's flat. The same night.

ACT III - Scene. The same as Act I. The following morning.


Interior Set

Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes

Edward Churt is a successful painter. His wife Carol has a ‘vivid personality composed of a minimum of intellect and a maximum of sex’. Increasingly aware of her infidelity, Edward defends himself with a veneer of sophisticated insouciance. But his best friend and army comrade is determined to avenge him...

This Was a Man explores some of Coward’s lifelong themes of social mores, jealousy and the futility of a life with no moral compass. Can good manners emasculate us? What happens when we repress our inner caveman? Is it more courageous to look away or to face our demons and fight? What, indeed, does it mean to be a man?

Learn more about This Was a Man - and how it went unperformed for nearly 90 years - on the Samuel French blog.

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain in 1926 for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, THIS WAS A MAN was not performed professionally in the UK until its debut at the Finborough Theatre in 2014. This is the first time the play has been published as a single volume in the UK.


6m, 3f

Carol Churt
Harry Challoner
Edward Churt
Lady Margot Butler
Lord Romford
Zoe St Merryn
Major Evelyn Bathurst
Noël Coward

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a ... view full profile

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