Jane's 1980 play, "Before The Party", which opened in 1980 at the Apollo Theatre of Shaftesbury Avenue, London and later moved to the Queen's Theatre in 1981.
Rodney Ackland's Before The Party (written in 1949) tells the story of a family attempting to return to normal in the wake of the Second World War. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering. Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.
Photo 1) Gerald Scarfe drew the art work for the theatre program of Jane's 1980 play, "Before The Party". From Lady Jane Yahoo Group.
Photo 2) Jane Asher as Laura, and co-stars from the Apollo Theatre programme of Rodney Ackland's "Before The Party". From Lady Jane Yahoo group.
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