NOËL COWARD’s BLITHE SPIRIT
OPENS AT THE GIELGUD THEATRE
ANGELA LANSBURY RETURNS TO THE WEST END AND STARS WITH JANIE DEE AND CHARLES EDWARDS
Gielgud Theatre - Previews now running - Press Night: 18 March 2014
Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. This new production of Noël Coward’s sharp comedy of social mores will also star Janie Dee and Charles Edwards.
Relative Values in the West End
The Theatre Royal Bath production of Relative Values transfers to London's Harold Pinter Theatre, opening 14 April 2014, following previews from 19 Mar - booking to 21 June 2014.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, cast includes Patricia Hodge (Felicity),Caroline Quentin (Moxie), Rory Bremner (Crestwell, the butler), Ben Mansfield (Don Lucas).
It is designed by Stephen Brimson-Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Fergus O’Hare.
Fallen Angels On UK Tour
Just over a decade ago Bill Kenwright presented the year's most sparkling and celebrated West End comedy hit at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue - Noël Coward's Fallen Angels. Extraordinarily, the Champagne-cork-popping hit has not been revived since, until now...
Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best friends Julia and Jane, in a heavenly new production of Noël Coward's divine comedy classic.
With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago-lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there's clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the Champagne!!
As each successive glass of liquid courage is imbibed, tongues start to loosen, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behaviour go out the window.
But it's not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women's evening really hits its frenzied peak...
Jenny Seagrove is one of the UK's most respected actresses. Her prolific theatre career has seen her play the lead in almost every West End playhouse, with recent credits including: Noël Coward's Volcano, The Country Girl with Martin Shaw and Somerset Maugham's The Letter with Anthony Andrews. Jenny is also known to millions of TV viewers as barrister Jo Mills in the BAFTA award winning Judge John Deed, which she starred in opposite Martin Shaw.
Multi-award winning comedy actress Sara Crowe's vast array of Film, TV and Theatre credits range from her role as the first bride in Four Weddings and a Funeral, to BBC's Born and Bred, and her multiple Olivier Award successes in West End productions of Noël Coward plays: Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy Performance in Hay Fever and Olivier Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in Private Lives. Sara was also the face of one of the UK's best loved TV advertisement campaigns for Philadelphia.
'Star Quality - The World of Noël Coward'
An Exhibition at the New York Public Library in 2011
Felicity Kendal stars in Bath summer season
Hay Fever in Bath
Noel Coward's perennially popular comedy Hay Fever (20 August-6 September), which will be directed by Lindsay Posner and star Felicity Kendal as former actress Judith, matriarch of the notorious Bliss family.
Booking opens: Postal 4th March, Online 6th March, Telephone & Counter 10th March
The Bliss family – recently-retired Judith, the once glittering star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children – are incapable of sharing the spotlight. Unconventional, risqué, and often downright rude, they are everything a respectable English family should not be. When each member of the family invites a guest to their rural retreat, the unassuming visitors are thrown into a living melodrama. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations proliferate during one outrageous weekend in Berkshire.
Noël Coward’s hilarious comedy of bad manners has been a favourite amongst theatregoers ever since it first dazzled London’s West End in 1925.
Born into a theatrical family, Felicity Kendal is one of the UK’s most popular actresses. She shot to fame in The Good Life on television and has won numerous awards for her stage work. Her recent visits to Bath have included Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, Beckett’s Happy Days and Coward’s Fallen Angels and The Vortex.
One of the UK’s greatest directors of comedy, Lindsay Posner directs Coward for the first time with this production. His recent successes have included Noises Off, Abigail’s Party and Relatively Speaking. Read more... Theatre Royal, Bath...
Noel Coward and young directors lead Sam Hodges’ debut season at Nuffield
Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre is to co-produce a collection of nine one-act plays by Noel Coward next year with English Touring Theatre as part of its 2014 season.
The venue’s new creative and executive director Sam Hodges announced today that the show, called Tonight at 8.30, will be directed by Blanche McIntyre and will be performed by a repertory ensemble cast.
Performed in trios, the production will run from April 24 to May 24, 2014 before touring. Read more...