Noel Coward chose first as the work he wanted to have appear in
THE WORLD'S BEST a wartime poem entitled Lie In The Dark and
Listen, a work written during an English bomb raid and reflective
of his preoccupation with the survival of England and of himself in
the last war; but he conceded that perhaps poetry was not what he
was best known for and in cooperation with his Editor at Doubleday
and Company, Ken McCormick, a second choice was made avail-
able in the one-act play Hands Across The Sea. Mr. Coward has
written four kinds of plays--the serious drama, the musical play, the
patriotic pageant and the flippant society comedy--of which Hands
Across The Sea is an excellent one-act example.
LADY MAUREEN GILPIN (Piggie)
COMMANDER PETER GILPIN, R.N., her husband
THE HON. CLARE WEDDERBURN
LIEUT. COMMANDER ALASTAIR CORBETT, R.N.
MAJOR GOSLING (Bogey)
The action of the play takes place in the drawing-room of the Gilpins' flat in London.
Time: Present Day.
The Scene is the drawing-room of the GILPINS' flat in London. The room is nicely furnished and rather untidy. There is a portable gramophone on one small table and a tray of cocktail things on