The Better Half

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This delicious comedy of marital disharmony was written when its young author, Noel Coward, was 22 years old.

Rediscovered after nearly 90 years, the play was originally considered too 'racy' for public performance, since it deals - in part - with the subject of female sexual desire.

'The Better Half' is a devastatingly accomplished relationship comedy, focusing on a husband, wife and her best friend.

In an unusual psychological ploy the unhappy wife (Federay Holmes) encourages the husband (Samuel West) to leave her to pursue a happier connection with her friend (Lisa Dillon.) But the wife's apparent selflessness may conceal a hidden agenda.

Even now the play is surprisingly unconventional, cannily perceptive - and funny.

The author himself makes an unexpected appearance as a typically witty musical narrator.

Cast:

Husband - Samuel West

Friend - Lisa Dillon

Wife - Federay Holmes

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Samuel West, Lisa Dillon and Federay Holmes in Noel Coward's unconventional marital comedy

Broadcast premiere of this comedy of marital manners, written by the young Noel Coward.

Recently rediscovered, it was considered too racy for public performance in 1922.

Unhappy Alice encourages husband David and best friend Marion to form a liaison.

But Alice may have a hidden agenda.

Alice....Federay Holmes

Marion....LiSa Dillon

David....Samuel West

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

Recently rediscovered comedy by Noel Coward from 1922.

*2009052520110103

This delicious comedy of marital disharmony was written when its young author, Noel Coward, was 22 years old.

Rediscovered after nearly 90 years, the play was originally considered too 'racy' for public performance, since it deals - in part - with the subject of female sexual desire.

'The Better Half' is a devastatingly accomplished relationship comedy, focusing on a husband, wife and her best friend.

In an unusual psychological ploy the unhappy wife (Federay Holmes) encourages the husband (Samuel West) to leave her to pursue a happier connection with her friend (Lisa Dillon.) But the wife's apparent selflessness may conceal a hidden agenda.

Even now the play is surprisingly unconventional, cannily perceptive - and funny.

The author himself makes an unexpected appearance as a typically witty musical narrator.

Cast:

Husband - Samuel West

Friend - Lisa Dillon

Wife - Federay Holmes

Producer/Director: Martin Jarvis

A Jarvis & Ayres Production for BBC Radio 4.

Samuel West, Lisa Dillon and Federay Holmes in Noel Coward's unconventional marital comedy

Broadcast premiere of this comedy of marital manners, written by the young Noel Coward.

Recently rediscovered, it was considered too racy for public performance in 1922.

Unhappy Alice encourages husband David and best friend Marion to form a liaison.

But Alice may have a hidden agenda.

Alice....Federay Holmes

Marion....LiSa Dillon

David....Samuel West

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

Recently rediscovered comedy by Noel Coward from 1922.