Coup de Grace

(Alternative title - 'Stage Fright')
Hawdon's latest farce, set in a glamorous hotel suite on the French Riviera.
Premiered in Germany May 2017 to great reviews.

T he Cannes Film Festival! Most glamorous of all cinema occasions. In a luxury Riviera hotel the body of a beautiful film star lies prostrate. A hooded jewel thief breaks in and discovers her. A man bursts in and assumes the thief is the murderer. Another man enters and assumes another story. The film star wakes from her blackout and assumes a third story. The hotel manager arrives and attempts to make sense of all the stories. A huge film premiere is looming, a diamond necklace has gone missing, scandalous affairs are about to hit the headlines, everyone appears to be trying to murder someone, and everyone is blaming everyone else. Bodies and threats and alibis abound, and the plot thickens so fast it threatens to explode. Never has the Riviera seen such a dastardly sequence of events! Never has Hollywood created such a catalogue of criminal conspiracies! Has real life ever exceeded the concoctions of fiction to such a degree?

Single set – cast of six, 4 m, 2 f.


  • GRACE GERVAISE film star
  • OSCAR GERVAISE her husband and manager
  • ADAM actor
  • JIMMY jewel thief
  • HAILEY bimbo
  • MONSIEUR BONIFACE hotel manager


Arch upstage to vestibule and entrance door. French windows to balcony overlooking the sea. Door off to bedroom. Louis XIV furniture. Wide sofa facing downstage. Side table beside the sofa. Large desk with drawers. Table to one side with champage, flutes, etc.