Playing as part of a season of rediscovered plays, this production of Accolade is the first since its controversial premiere in 1950.
Will Trenting, famous for his scandalous novels, is about to be knighted, an accolade which will welcome him to the establishment. But Will has been leading a double life and the award turns a spotlight on it. Tales surface of drunken parties, orgies and rough trade, and on the eve of his knighthood Will is accused of a shocking crime. Threatened with blackmail, he must decide where his priorities lie.
Darkly comic and shocking, Accolade blows the lid off British hypocrisy.
Billed as the Welsh Noel Coward, playwright Emlyn Williams was one of the most successful wrietrs of the 1930s and 40s, with credits including Night Must Fall and The Corn Is Green. Accolade premiered at the Aldwych theatre in 1950, with Williams himself playing Will.