Horley's Archway Theatre is to join with two other theatres in the South-east to stage a collection of Noel Coward plays not produced together in the UK since 1936.

The Archway in The Drive will be joining with the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, and the Lewes Theatre Club, Lewes, to produce all ten plays written by Noel Coward in the early 1930s.

The Archway will be playing host to three of the one-act plays – Ways And Means, Star Chamber and Shadow Play.

The ambitious tri-theatre production, entitled Tonight at 8.30 – Ten One-Act Plays, is the second involving the three groups and will be staged at the various theatres between July 17 and 31.

The Archway performances will start at either 3pm or 7.45pm.

Ways And Means, directed by Peter Westmacott, tells of a couple of penniless “professional guests”

who tour the Cote d’Azur sponging off one host after another, before it becomes clear they have to move on.

Star Chamber, directed by Felicity Westmacott, centres on a committee of actors whose meeting about refurbishing a home for retired thespians becomes waylaid when they begin talking about themselves, with comic and chaotic results.

And Shadow Play, directed by Bradley Barlow, was described by Coward as a musical fantasy, focusing on a couple's marital problems and the dreamy confusion which follows the wife taking sleeping pills.

For details of the other plays being staged, venues, times and tickets, call 01293 781059, or visit the Archway's website: www.archwaytheatre.co.uk