Maugham's comedy revolves around the marital complications of a returning First World War hero. When her first husband (Armstrong) returns from the trenches, Victoria Lowndes (Hamilton) has a problem - presuming him dead, she's married his best friend (Theakston). Mayhem comes care of two husbands, rations, below-stairs mutiny and outspoken mothers.
Though now best remembered for his novels such as Of Human Bondage and The Moon and Sixpence, Maugham wrote many plays, including East of Suez, The Letter, Cakes and Ales, Sheppey, The Land of Promise, The Circle and The Constant Wife, which completed an extended West End season last month.
Home and Beauty is directed by Christopher Luscombe and designed by Simon Higglet. Also in the cast are Cate Debenham-Taylor, Jane How, Cameron Blakely, Charles Kay, Lisa Roberts and Matthew Duquenoy. The revival is presented by Bill Kenwright, who also produced The Constant Wife.
- by Terri Paddock