Opening Night

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Author: Marsh, Edith Ngaio (1895–1982)

Year: 1951

Publisher: Collins

Place: London


256 pages. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") issued in red cloth with black lettering to spine. 1st British edition.

Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from far-away New Zealand to make the dreary, soul destroying round of West-end agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theater had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady, Helena Hamilton. An then came the eagerly awaited Opening Night - words which in the world of the theater never fail to thrill - fateful works which mean so much to the players. The sweetness of success? The bitterness of failure? To Martyn Tarne the night brought a strange turn of the wheel of fortune, and to one distinguished member of the cast death sudden and unforeseen. Opening Night shows Ngaio Marsh at her best, writing of the life of the theater which she knows so well.


Corners bumped and lightly rubbed, spine ends lightly sunned, page ends soiled, slight foxing to page ends. Jacket corners chipped, price clipped, 1/4" loss to spine head, hinges and fold over edges rubbed with creases at corners and hinge corner, edge wear else about very good in a good to very good dust jacket.

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