Bitter Sweet

by  Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 12f

Everything that wealthy London society had to offer a properly brought-up girl lay at the feet of little Sarah Millick in 1875; but she fell so desperately in love with her handsome young singing master that she threw it all away in order to be with …

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Bitter Sweet

by  Noël Coward

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    2m, 12f
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Everything that wealthy London society had to offer a properly brought-up girl lay at the feet of little Sarah Millick in 1875; but she fell so desperately in love with her handsome young singing master that she threw it all away in order to be with him. In Vienna, five poverty-stricken years later, her adored Carl is killed in a duel. But his music lives on as the self-reliant Sarah earns fame throughout Europe with her singing. Finally returning to England, she marries the elderly Marquis of Shayne who has waited so patiently for her. Years later, at a madly bright party in the late 1920s, she tells her story, winning the grudging admiration of the smart young set. The Marchioness, they decide, must have been a gay old bird.
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Keywords

Love, Marriage

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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Setting: The Scenes
    Act I Lady Shayne's London house, 1929. The music room at the Millicks' house, 1875 (inset). The Millicks' ballroom.
    Act II Herr Schlick's café in Vienna, 1880.
    Act III Lord Shayne's house (as for Act I, Scene 1

Casting

2m, 12f

Singing Principals
Sarah Millick.
Victoria, Harriet, Gloria, Honor, Effie and Jane, her close friends.
Manon, a French cabaret entertainer in Vienna.
Gussi, Lotte, Freda and Hansi, Viennese ladies of the town C

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Orchestration (on hire):
1st and 2nd Violins
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
Flute
Oboe
2 Clarinets
Bassoon
2 Horns
2 Trumpets
Trombone
Drums
Harp
Stage Band (basic):
Piano
Violin<

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Authors

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 L ...

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