Gateway to Noël Coward - UK Edition

8 - 23 December 2014
At The St. James Studio Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours approx including an interval

I’ll sing of home and love and work

Of Magna Carta and Dunkirk

And Christmas bells and charity and pride

London, December 1940: the bombs rain down in the Blitz, and Britain faces up to Christmas under fire.

In his Mayfair flat, Noël Coward uses his latest creation, Madam Arcati, the visionary medium, to summon up voices that tell of the enduring spirit of Christmas through the ages.

The show will feature music from Coward including London PrideDon’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans and Would You Please Oblige Us With a Bren Gun, and other songs from the blitz era. As well as more seasonal fare, and poetry from writers as diverse as Ben JonsonThomas HardyWalter de la Mare and Dylan Thomas.

There are powerful prose pieces from the Civil War and from the First World War, from Blitz newsreels and from domestic accounts of the war, from the United States and across the globe. All mixed with the Master’s wit and humour, and a large helping of Christmas spirit!

Starring Stefan BednarczykIssy van Randwyck and Charlotte Wakefield, this promises to be a celebration of Christmas even the Luftwaffe can’t destroy!

Written and Directed by Nick Hutchison
Musical Direction by Stefan Bednarczyk
Designed by Annie Gosney

12 Palace Street
London
SW1E 5JA
T. 0844 264 2140
E. boxoffice@stjamestheatre.co.uk


90 minute Blithe Spirit Special for the Archers

The Archers Christmas spin-off sees characters from the Ambridge-set radio soap perform in a 90-minute version of Blithe Spirit.

Noel Coward's play tells the story of a novelist haunted by his dead wife. The famous role of eccentric clairvoyant Madam Arcati will be played by Archers am-dram queen Lynda Snell (Carole Boyd).

The standalone drama follows the build-up to the performance during regular editions of The Archers. As well as other Archers regulars, the cast will also feature Green Wing actor Julian Rhind-Tutt.

BBC


Angela Lansbury Hits The Road With ‘Blithe Spirit’ Tour

Angela Lansbury will continue her Tony-winning, West End-haunting run as the spirited rare medium Madame Arcati in Noël Coward's Blithe SpiritThe star of all screens and stages is taking the show on the road for a North American tour slated to begin December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, officially opening December 14. Lansbury, who turns 89 on October 16, will then bring the Michael Blakemore production to San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, where the tour will end with a run at the National Theatre from March 17-29. Read more...


Coward to China...

Members of the National Theatre of China visited the Noël Coward Room this week and showed great interest in bringing Noël Coward's work to China.

Alan Brodie and the Chinese guests with Sarah McNair and Kate Brower

The Noël Coward Room


HAY FEVER • Austrailia

 

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

October - November

This hilarious comedy of bad manners stars Felicity Kendal and Simon Shepherd. Directed by Lindsay Posner


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Private Lives exclusively available to watch online with Digital Theatre

Digital Theatre has today released the acclaimed Chichester Festival production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives (Nominee, Best Revival - Olivier Awards 2014), directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor .

More info. and to rent or buy Private Lives visit...

NOËL COWARD in the desert

Loomis Dean’s 1955 portrait of the inimitable composer, actor, singer and playwright Noël Coward, dressed in a tux, standing in the broiling Nevada sun and looking for all the world like a man waiting for someone to bring him a cocktail at a dinner party. As Dean explained in a 1993 interview with John Loengard, published in Loengard’s book, LIFE Photographers: What They Saw, the picture came about like this... Read more... 

 

The Noël Coward Room

The Noël Coward Room is available by appointment. The room contains research material on Coward and his work, and is the starting point in London for anyone wanting to find out more about his life. If you wish to register your interest please email .When in London enter the World of Noël Coward at The Noël Coward Room•View the gallery of images of the room at its Tea Party opening in May 2014.

The casts of Blithe Spirit and Relative Values honoured the room at its opening with an afternoon tea party and a chance to hear from the Noël Coward Foundation Chairman, Alan Brodie about this wonderful new resource.

View the Room and details on access at the Opening Event Gallery...

Curated by Brad Rosenstein who curated the Noël Coward 'Star Quality' Exhibitions in San Francisco, LA and New York.
Dame Angela Lansbury at the opening.
In Noël's famed Hamlet chair.