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Casting announced for Noël Coward's 'Fallen Angels'


First performed in 1925, Fallen Angelscaused outrage for its references to sex out of wedlock and women's drunken behaviour. The play is now seen as making sharp observations about society, marriage and sexual double standards

Jessica Swale's revival will star Carolyn Backhouse and Jackie Clune

Full casting has been announced for the revival of Noël Coward's comedy Fallen Angels, which opens in September.

Directed by Jessica Swale, the cast will be led by Jackie Clune who recently starred inThe Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Carolyn Backhouse whose acting credits include Coronation Street and Midsummer Murders.

They will be joined by William Travis, Callum Coates, Lucy Thackeray and Gregory Finnegan.

Fallen Angels runs at Salisbury Playhouse from 10 September to 3 October.


Coward scholar and author Barry Day has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Westminster

Noël Coward Angela Lansbury wins her first Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actress in Blithe Spirit



Legendary stage and screen actress Angela Lansbury has won her first ever Olivier Award at this year’s ceremony for her show stealing performance in Blithe Spirit.

The revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy saw the much-loved London-born Hollywood star revive her Tony Award-winning role as the delightfully dotty Madame Arcati in Michael Blakemore’s acclaimed production.

Opening in March 2014, Lansbury’s appearance made a stir both on and off stage, with critics lauding her youthful, witty performance as “sparkling” (The Telegraph) and “delicious” (The Independent), while fans queued nightly for a chance to meet the theatrical titan as she made her long-awaited return to the London stage in more than four decades.

While Lansbury made a high profile appearance at the Olivier Awards with MasterCard in 2011, presenting her frequent collaborator Stephen Sondheim with a Special Award, this is the first Olivier Award win for the actress who has worked more frequently on Broadway.

This win adds to the Murder She Wrote stars incredible line-up of accolades that includes five Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards and an Honorary Oscar.

Lansbury triumphs tonight over A View From The Bridge’s Phoebe Fox, the four young performers who starred in The Nether as Iris and King Charles III’s Lydia Wilson.

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Felicity Kendal in Hay Fever - Duke of York's

The Theatre Royal Bath production of Hay Fever, starring Felicity Kendal, is running at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre to 1 August 2015. Weblink...

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

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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 .

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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.