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Pass the Port

Pass the Port

A witty and nostalgic musical journey from Shanghai to Southampton (featuring NoŽl Coward's "P. & O. 1930")

with Susan Flannery and Michael Lunts
Directed by Roger Leach

"A rare gem evoking the genuine spirit of Coward"

"A charming and innovative piece... the casting is nothing short of inspired"

Join us for a musical cruise in the company of a delightful cast of characters drawn from NoŽl Coward's poem "P. & O. 1930" *. The team that brought you "More Tea, Vicar?" (the musical frolic through Betjeman's England) now offers you a rare opportunity to sample another side of The Master's lyrical genius, his light verse, alongside songs by other masters (and mistresses!) of the period such as Ivor Novello, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Joyce Grenfell, and, of course, Coward himself.

Pass the Port

Pass the Port is an affectionate and humorous portrait of the golden age of sea travel. Relive Coward's magical evocation of the historic P & O. route home to Britain from the Far Fast - when a voyage took weeks rather than hours - calling in at Singapore, Aden, the Suez, and the Mediterranean, in the company of an eccentric collection of passengers and crew. Their antics, both on and off ship, provide a rich field for some classic Coward wit and some equally classic '30's songs.

* "P. & O. 1930" © 1984 The Estate of the late NoŽl Coward, published in NOňL COWARD COLLECTED VERSE by Methuen.
Copyright agent: Alan Brodie Representation Ltd. 211 Piccadilly London W1V 9LD