It’s summer 1932 and things appear to be going well for the Ardsley family. The men who fought and won in WWI came home heroes. Glory held the promise of a bright future for Britain.
But after 14 years has that promise come true? Blinded by a gas attack Sydney spends his time knitting. His sister Eva - whose fiancé never came home – devotes herself to his care. Unmarried and approaching 40, she yearns for more.
Collie spent 20 years in the navy but commanding a destroyer hasn’t prepared him to manage a business during the Great Depression. War hero Howard has gone back to his job as a low-class tenant farmer and drinks heavily. His wife Ethel can only console herself with her children.
changed Britain – and now the Ardsley family must face that change. Somerset
Maugham’s emotional play demonstrates the lasting impact of war on one English
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